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PRHA may be level funded

Pulaski Town Council recently decided to possibly reduce Pulaski Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s request for $46,000 in the coming fiscal year and, instead, level fund the agency at $5,000.
Tuesday night, members of PRHA attended a town council meeting to inform council of its activities for the past year and answer a councilman’s question on how $5,000 allocated to PRHA for 2008-09 had been used.
Clark Payne, interim chairman of PRHA, said the 2008-09 allocation was placed into a reserve fund with the hopes PRHA would eventually be able to hire an executive director or part-time assistant.
He pointed out that the agency has been able to operate at “no cost” for the past year, thanks to some in-kind donations and more than 400 hours of “non-paid, volunteer services” by the board of directors.
According to PRHA’s annual report, RAS Properties has donated $4,850 worth of office space during the past year, PRHA member Terry Fitzwater Palmore donated a $300 computer, and Community Housing Partners donated a $600 computer.
“We look forward to anything (funding) you can pass along to us this year,” Clark told town council.
In addition to the in-kind donations, Clark presented the following list of activities and accomplishments of PRHA over the past year:
• Created a separate not-for-profit corporation, Pulaski Housing, Inc. which is awaiting certification as a 501c3 public charity. He said certification is expected shortly.
• Established bylaws and procedural systems consistent with the Code of Virginia’s housing authority requirements.
• Assisted the town management in devising guidelines for participant selection in its James Hardie siding program.
• Participated in helping the town management in its application for a Southside Rehabilitation Grant “although it will result in no program income to” PRHA.
• Acted as a “third-party intermediary” in an attempt to secure funding for redevelopment of the Jefferson School property. Pulaski Housing, Inc. currently holds a purchase
option for the Jefferson School property.
• At the request of Council, revisited the West End Loop Redevelopment District and consulted with the town’s Industrial Development Authority. It was determined to be more suitable as an IDA project.
Mayor Jeff Worrell commended PRHA members for the job they have done, especially considering the agency was “starting cold” with an empty bank account.
PRHA’s mission is “improving the development of affordable housing through the rehabilitation of existing housing and/or new construction of affordable housing in the Town of Pulaski, and to associate and partner with private and public entities to achieve these results.”
In addition to Payne and Palmore, other members of the housing authority include James Babb, Douglas Burchett, Lane Penn and Robert A. Strenz. Payne said the Authority is one member short at present. Anyone interested in serving on the board may contact Town Manager John Hawley at 994-8600 for consideration by the council.

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PRHA may be level funded

Pulaski Town Council recently decided to possibly reduce Pulaski Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s request for $46,000 in the coming fiscal year and, instead, level fund the agency at $5,000.
Tuesday night, members of PRHA attended a town council meeting to inform council of its activities for the past year and answer a councilman’s question on how $5,000 allocated to PRHA for 2008-09 had been used.
Clark Payne, interim chairman of PRHA, said the 2008-09 allocation was placed into a reserve fund with the hopes PRHA would eventually be able to hire an executive director or part-time assistant.
He pointed out that the agency has been able to operate at “no cost” for the past year, thanks to some in-kind donations and more than 400 hours of “non-paid, volunteer services” by the board of directors.
According to PRHA’s annual report, RAS Properties has donated $4,850 worth of office space during the past year, PRHA member Terry Fitzwater Palmore donated a $300 computer, and Community Housing Partners donated a $600 computer.
“We look forward to anything (funding) you can pass along to us this year,” Clark told town council.
In addition to the in-kind donations, Clark presented the following list of activities and accomplishments of PRHA over the past year:
• Created a separate not-for-profit corporation, Pulaski Housing, Inc. which is awaiting certification as a 501c3 public charity. He said certification is expected shortly.
• Established bylaws and procedural systems consistent with the Code of Virginia’s housing authority requirements.
• Assisted the town management in devising guidelines for participant selection in its James Hardie siding program.
• Participated in helping the town management in its application for a Southside Rehabilitation Grant “although it will result in no program income to” PRHA.
• Acted as a “third-party intermediary” in an attempt to secure funding for redevelopment of the Jefferson School property. Pulaski Housing, Inc. currently holds a purchase
option for the Jefferson School property.
• At the request of Council, revisited the West End Loop Redevelopment District and consulted with the town’s Industrial Development Authority. It was determined to be more suitable as an IDA project.
Mayor Jeff Worrell commended PRHA members for the job they have done, especially considering the agency was “starting cold” with an empty bank account.
PRHA’s mission is “improving the development of affordable housing through the rehabilitation of existing housing and/or new construction of affordable housing in the Town of Pulaski, and to associate and partner with private and public entities to achieve these results.”
In addition to Payne and Palmore, other members of the housing authority include James Babb, Douglas Burchett, Lane Penn and Robert A. Strenz. Payne said the Authority is one member short at present. Anyone interested in serving on the board may contact Town Manager John Hawley at 994-8600 for consideration by the council.

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