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NAHA Rental Assistance Demonstration

New Albany Housing Authority Rental Assistance Demonstration - January 2016 Update

RAD converts Public Housing funding to Section 8 funding. There are no additional funds available as part of the demonstration. The process is cost neutral. NAHA receives an average of an approximate average subsidy of $4,500 per year for each of 1,082 units in inventory (includes operating and capital funds).

  • The RAD conversion process includes the following steps: application, reservation of demonstration slots, physical needs assessment, financing plan (proof of funds or leverage attempt) to insure future viability of each site, termination of Public Housing Annual Contribution Contract, completion of 20 year Section 8 Project Based Voucher Contract.
  • Why RAD if no additional funds are available?

Both Public Housing and Section 8 are subject to annual Congressional Appropriations, funding for Public Housing has been appropriated at 82 to 89% of full funding while Section 8 has been 100% funded. In addition, Section 8 payments have an annual average adjustment factor 2% increases each year.

Outside funding sources, including Federal Home Loan Bank, Tax Credit Equity Investors, and Commercial Lenders understand Section 8 subsidy payments, but not public housing formula funding.

Section 8 has a streamlined processing in terms of reporting, lease-up, inspections, rent calculation, and administration.

How does NAHA plan to develop their properties under the RAD?

The long term plan is to deconcentrate the number of units at Parkview Terrace by seeking additional sites for development. HUD is requiring a one-for-one replacement of all public housing units. Future replacement is dependent on gaining 9% tax credits for construction projects.

In addition, we have analyzed the needs of low-income residents in the community and determined that some of the larger 3 and 4 bedroom units should be replaced with 1 and 2 bedroom units. This would reduce the total number of persons living at this site as well.

NAHA has received a phased in portfolio award to convert all 9 projects to project based section 8 units.

We currently have the following units in the process of conversion:

  • Broadmeade – 44 units will be demolished near the Brown Starks building. This area will presently be converted to green space. Anticipated completion date: May 1, 2016.
  • Crystal Court – 24 units are converting. Anticipated completion date: April 1, 2016.
  • Riverside Terrace – 120 units are converting. Anticipated completion date: July 1, 2016.
  • Mark Elrod – 101 units are converting. Anticipated completion date: July 1, 2016.
  • Valley View – Returning 40 vouchers to the Section 8 program and using RAD funds from Broadmeade to subsidize Valley View. The vouchers will go to private landlords.

This phase will reduce the total number of units at Parkview Terrace from 442 family units to 398 units (a 10% reduction of family units at this site) during the next 6 months. Residents will be relocated by closing the wait lists and moving to units that become vacant. The Pilot demonstration implementation phase has resulted in nearly 30% of NAHA stock being processed during the first two years. Now that the Demonstration is fully implemented we project the final 70% of the housing stock will be converted in less than 12 months.

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Living Wage Calculation for Floyd County, Indiana

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time (2080 hours per year). All values are per adult in a family unless otherwise noted. The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. The poverty rate is typically quoted as gross annual income. We have converted it to an hourly wage for the sake of comparison.

Click here to view the Living Wage Calculator for Floyd County

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Letter of Appreciation

October 22, 2015

Bob Lane
Executive Director
New Albany Housing Authority (NAHA)

Dear Mr. Bob Lane,

This letter is to provide a token of appreciation for the partnership between Indiana University Southeast (IUS) School of Nursing and NAHA. I became connected with NAHA during my studies in the (2013) Undergraduate RN-BSN program, at IUS; which during that time, I had the opportunity to take on a service learning project at NAHA. The project involved home visits to residents with mental health concerns. This project allowed me to observe how a mental health illness affects the well-being of a person to live a quality life. After graduation in May 2014, I became a clinical adjunct faculty for IUS School of Nursing; and began my first clinical community health nursing (CHN) teaching role at Mark Elrod Senior Towers in fall of 2014. This year, I am in my second teaching (CHN) role at NAHA Riverview Towers. The experiences that I have received in this role have been so positive and rewarding to me, as well as to the nursing students.

In the fall of 2014, I began a career path planning, in which my nursing career has involved 18 years of psychiatric nursing. Through the experience with NAHA and support of faculty mentors and advisors, I was able to solidify my career path as a mental health nurse practitioner with continuation of a doctorate in public health nursing. I knew I was on the right path toward my career goals when NAHA presented IUS School of Nursing with a National Public Housing Award.

I am presently enrolled in a graduate program at IUPUI in the Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program; and as a research assistant in the Center of Research and Scholarship (CRS) for the School of Nursing at IUPUI. I also have a clinical faculty role in a mental health course at IUS.

Just as NAHA has been a lighthouse for many in need, it has been a spark that lit my passion for communities and individuals with mental health illnesses. I truly believe that “without mental health there is no health at all”. I am very elated to be part of a growing community that cares and go great extent to providing programs and assistance to help individuals live a better quality of life. Again, my heart is humble for all you do and for the partnership with IUS.

Rosalind Williams, BSN, RN

 

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Child Care Resources for Parents

Many families in our area are struggling to find high quality child care. In Indiana, 66% of children under the age of 5 are in some type of child care. When searching for child care providers, many families are overwhelmed with the challenges which can include health and safety issues, kindergarten preparation, extended hours, special needs, or part-time care.

To assist parents in this important decision, Indiana has launched Paths to QUALITY™ – a voluntary child care quality rating and improvement system. All families now have a resource to help them to identify the child care that best suits their needs.

SIEOC Child Care Resource & Referral is the local, non-profit Child Care Resource and Referral agency in this community. We offer free resources and information to assist families, child care providers, and communities.

Since every family’s situation is unique, Paths to QUALITY can assist your families with finding the type of child care services that work for them. You have an opportunity to support them by ensuring they are aware of all of the free resources available to them and by giving them a tool to use in making child care choices. We can provide you with free materials describing our services, as well as the Paths to QUALITY program.

By sharing information about each other’s organization and programs, we can provide even better service to the families in our community.

Please visit www.childcareindiana.org to learn more about SIEOC Child Care Resource & Referral and Paths to QUALITY.

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Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Coalition

The Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Coalition has information about smoking cessation classes, lung cancer screenings and is working to create cleaner air space for everyone in our community. Call Amanda for more info – 812-206-2065. NAHA has partnered with Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services to bring healthier lifestyle information & opportunities to our community.

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Announcing the new Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma

The GED is now being called the Indiana High School Equivalency Exam. While the name may have changed, we are still offering free classes and possible assistance with the cost of the test. Come to the Family Self-Sufficiency office and enroll with our on-site teacher. Liz Blessing is here Tuesday thru Thursday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm to help you get your diploma. Call (812) 206-2664, or just stop by 215 Erni Avenue to get started on earning your diploma.

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NAHA’s 24/7 Anonymous Tip Line

A crime-fighting tool to help keep our neighborhoods safe is as close as your telephone phone. The NAHA tip line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Anyone believing they have accurate information about any crime, illegal drug activity, location of a wanted person, etc. please call (812) 206-2047 and leave a detailed message. Include the date and time of the incident as well as those persons involved. If you have an emergency or a crime is currently happening please continue to call 911 for immediate assistance.

By using the NAHA Tip Line you can help fight crime without fear of retribution.

Tony Toran
Security/Safety Coordinator
New Albany Housing Authority

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NAHA - One Strike and You’re Out Policy

Several years ago NAHA adopted the “One Strike and You’re Out” policy pursuant to HUD’s policy to ensure that those who engage in illegal drug, violent criminal, and/or history of criminal activity are not allowed to live in subsidized housing and thus endanger the well being of the residents.

A quick review of obligations and responsibilities of the residents outlined in the lease will help provide and maintain a safe living environment for all resident families and assures the safety and comfort of all guests and employees.

NAHA will enforce the One-Strike Policy in the event that the tenant, any member of the household, a guest, or another person under the tenant’s control engages in the following:

  • Any Criminal activity that threatens the health, safety, or right to peaceful enjoyment of the public housing premises by other residents or employees of the Public Housing Agency.
  • Any drug-related criminal activity on or near such premises and any criminal activity that happens off the property, that’s in violation of the lease, can result in an eviction.
  • Alcohol abuse will be cause for termination of tenancy if such abuse interferes with the health, safety, or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other tenants.

The One Strike Policy also includes firearm incidents (firearms/shootings). This policy gives the Authority the right of immediate eviction when gunplay or dangerous incidents involving firearms occur on the property.

This policy covers any incident involving a resident, household member, visitor, or person(s) coming to the residence, discharging or brandishing a firearm inside or outside the residence.

Any person charged with violating the One Strike Policy will be banned from all NAHA properties.

Please take time to review the Ban List and if you know of any violator being housed on our property illegally please call the Security/Safety Office at (812)206-2016 or the Anonymous Tip Line at (812) 206-2047.

Tony Toran
Security/Safety Coordinator

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Identifying Domestic Violence

The Center for Women and Families helps victims of intimate partner abuse or sexual violence to become survivors through supportive services, community education and cooperative partnerships that foster hope, promote self-sufficiency and rebuild lives. If you believe that you may be a victim of domestic violence The Center for Women and Families can help. Toll free 24-hour crisis line 1-877-803-7577 or visit www.thecenteronline.org . The local shelter can be reached by calling 812-944-6743.

Domestic Violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one person to gain and maintain power and control over another person in an intimate relationship.

  • Emotional Abuse – minimizing concerns, denying abuse and placing blame. Insincere apologies or promises to change. Using gifts or treats to cover up for abuse. Playing mind games. Name-calling. Degrading Remarks. Using words to instill fear. Yelling and/or swearing.
  • Using Physical Abuse – Hitting choking and/or burning. Threatening gestures. Forcing victim to abuse alcohol and /or other drugs. Using weapons and/or other objects.
  • Using privilege – Always claiming to be right. Giving commands. Using religion, culture, immigration status, disabilities, orientation and/or gender roles to impose authority.
  • Financial Abuse – Controlling all decisions involving money. Interfering with choices involving work and education. Creating economic dependency.
  • Sexual Abuse – Being forceful threatening or coercive. Physically attacking body parts. Preventing the use of birth control and/or safe sex practices.
  • Using Children – Using children to relay messages. Using visitation to threaten. Threatening to take children away. Using custody of children as leverage. Abusing or kidnapping children.
  • Using intimidation – Imposing fear by using looks and gestures. Destroying possessions. Threatening to call social service agencies and/or immigration authorities. Making threats involving children. Abusing pets. Creating tension with erratic or unpredictable reactions.
  • Using Isolation – Limiting contact with friends and/or family. Restricting access to transportation. Monitoring phone calls and text messages.
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Friendly Reminders from NAHA

Friendly Reminders from NAHA to our residents:

  • All rents are due on the first of every month and late after the fifth. The Late Fee is currently $25.00.
  • Late payment of rent or charges four times in a 12-month period can be grounds for eviction.
  • Any changes in income or household make-up must be reported immediately.
  • For your protection, we require a proper ID showing the address in order to let you into your home when you are locked out.
  • Remember that we do have rules about pets. If you want a pet, please check with your property manager and learn those rules before bringing a pet into your home.
  • If you buy a satellite dish, make sure that underground utility lines are not in the way. They will have to be located before any digging.
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Counseling Services Now Offered at NAHA

Personal Counseling Services (PCS) will begin offering counseling services at the New Albany Housing Authority in June 2013. Services are available to adults, adolescents, children, families, and couples. Clients may pay for these services through Medicaid or through an adjusted scale fee.

If you would like to talk to someone about the stresses of daily life; feelings of sadness, anger, or anxiety; relationship or family struggles; or any other problem you may be facing, please contact Teresa at 812-283-8383 ext. 21 to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be held in the Brown-Starks Building Mondays from 10am through 7pm. Additional days may be added as needed. PCS seeks to offer assistance to all persons desiring to achieve wellness of body, mind, and spirit. We invite you to take advantage of this new service at NAHA.

Stop by the Brown-Starks Building (1200 Bono Road) on Monday, June 3rd between 4pm and 6pm to learn more about these services and enjoy complementary hot dogs! 

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How to Prevent Identity Theft

Identity theft is a serious problem affecting more people every day. That’s why learning how to prevent it is so important. Knowing how to prevent identity theft makes your identity more secure. The more people who know how to prevent identity theft, the less inclined others may be to commit the crime.

Preventing identity theft starts with managing your personal information carefully and sensibly. We recommend a few simple precautions to keep your personal information safe:
 
Only carry essential documents with you.
Not carrying extra credit cards, your Social Security card, birth certificate or passport with you outside the house can help you prevent identity theft.
 
Keep new checks out of the mail.
When ordering new checks, you can prevent identity theft by picking them up at the bank instead of having them sent to your home. This makes it harder for your checks to be stolen, altered and cashed by identity thieves.

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Metro United Way 2-1-1 Get Help Line

Metro United Way’s free 2-1-1 is a free, confidential, easy-to-access phone number available to every member of our community. 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide information and access to trained specialists who can help you.

Do you need help finding:

  • Quality care for your child while you work?
  • Emergency food, clothing or shelter for yourself or someone you know?
  • Support during times of crisis?
  • Someone to help with an aging parent?
  • Job training services?
  • Substance abuse counseling?
  • Assistance with rent or utility payments?
  • A way just to make ends meet?
  • This service helps every member of our community meet their most basic needs. In these tough financial times, a helping hand is just a phone call away.