ANDERSON — Unlike a year ago, the Anderson Housing Authority is closing the fiscal year at the end of March with a positive balance in the public housing account.
The Anderson Housing Authority (AHA) board of directors learned Wednesday that the public housing account is finishing the fiscal year with a balance of $925. Last year, AHA had to carry over several invoices from the fiscal year ending for 2016 to be paid in 2017.
Board members were told the Section 8 and Home Assistance Program was carrying over a balance of $422,022 into the new fiscal year.
The funds are carried over in an escrow account to pay landlords when applicants are placed in housing.
Kim Townsend, executive director of AHA, said beginning on Monday the office will be open five days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In the past the office was closed on Friday.
AHA is currently paying the utilities on 32 vacant units. It manages 84 units.
“Our focus is still on Westvale Manor and getting units ready to be occupied,” Townsend said. “We’re working on the community room and office remodeling so we can lease the room to tenants and community organizations.”
A local food pantry has expressed an interest in leasing the community room on a weekly basis, she said.
Board members were informed that 26 two-bedroom apartments are currently vacant and that AHA is accepting applicants. It takes approximately two weeks to process each application.
Most of the vacant two-bedroom apartments are in Westvale Manor.
There are 10 vacant units at Lynwood Manor; these are expected to be occupied by the end of April.
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