Fayette County Housing Authority Departments
It is the mission of the Fayette County Housing Authority to provide safe, decent, sanitary and affordable housing to low and very low income families, in an environment that fosters self-sufficiency and community pride. The Housing Authority is committed to building and maintaining housing for the citizens in our communities. We seek to create safe neighborhoods by partnering with individuals and organizations to provide housing, education and employment opportunities. We are dedicated to providing these communities with quality, affordable housing that is decent, well-maintained and free from drugs and violent crime.
The Fayette County Housing Authority owns and manages housing communities for families, as well as elderly citizens wishing to lease units within our jurisdiction. We currently have 1,323 Public Housing Units, consisting of 15 family sites, with 890 units, and 4 elderly sites, with 433 units. In 3 of the family sites, there are units designated for the elderly, and these units are included in the total of 433. In order to be eligible for the Housing Program, the applicant must qualify under the Housing Authority’s Admissions and Occupancy Policies.
The Tenant Selection Department is responsible for:
- Accepting applications for the Public Housing, State, and Section 8 Housing Programs
- Doing Credit and Criminal Checks on everyone 18 years of age or older listed on the application
- Completing all phases of deeming applicants eligible using the Guidelines for Tenant Selection
- Providing the completed applications to the Property Managers for tenant selection
- Responsible for all tenant transfers
Applications are taken at the Administration Office of the Fayette County Housing Authority from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Monday through Friday of each week. Applications for the Section 8 Housing Program are taken during the same hours, but only on Tuesday and Thursday of each week. The following items are required when applying for Housing:
- Birth Certificates for all family members
- Social Security Cards for all family members
- Driver’s License or other Photo ID for all members 18 years of age or older
- Sources of Income and Addresses
- Bank Name and Address (Savings, Checking or other account)
- Current and previous landlord names and addresses
Applications are also accepted at any of the Public Housing Developments. An Application may be mailed to you; however, once completed, you must bring the application into the Tenant Selection Department for review with you by one of our Staff.
For any questions concerning Tenant Selection, please contact one of the following:
|Carletta Fronczek||Tenant Selection Supervisor||(724) 434-2116||coming soon!|
|Cathy McNair||Application Specialist||(724) 434-2117||coming soon!|
|Mary David||Secretary II, Admissions & Assisted Housing||(724) 434-2118||coming soon!|
The Finance Department of the Fayette County Housing Authority (FCHA) is an Administrative Service Department whose interaction with tenants is limited to payment histories and collections. The majority of tenant inquiries are referred to community managers. Other services in the department are organized to service other FCHA departments. These services are:
Revenue Generation: Working with other FCHA Departments, mainly housing management, the finance department assists in collection of rents and other tenant income. We assist other departments in obtaining subsidy and grant revenues through ELOCCS on a timely basis.
Budgeting: Assists all FCHA departments in producing the Conventional Program Operating Budget adopted by the Authority Board every year. A budget is a Financial Plan estimating your Revenue & Expenses for the next Fiscal year.
Financial Management: Works in cooperation with all FCHA Departments to make sound financial decisions. In other words, make sure the costs do not exceed the receipts.
Accounting: To present financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) applicable to governmental units. The FCHA is considered to be an Enterprise Fund and uses the accrual basis of accounting, so revenues are recognized when earned and expenses are recognized when incurred. The Authority is subject to the regulations of HUD. These regulations prescribe Accounting policies and practices that, in some cases, differ from generally accepted accounting principles. The authority uses the direct charge-off method of recording uncollectible accounts.
Investments: The Authority’s investments are stated at cost, which approximates net realizable value. Accounting monitors these Authority Funds:
Conventional Low-Income Housing Program: Represents housing units that are owned and operated by the Authority under the Conventional Low-Income Public Housing Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Housing Choice Voucher Program: Represents Section 8 Certificate and Voucher Housing Assistance Payment Programs that are administered by the Authority.
State Housing: Representing 100 market rate units owned and operated by the FCHA.
Other Programs: Other programs operated by the Authority include:
- Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation
- Section 8 Single Room Occupancy
- Resident Opportunity Self-Sufficiency Grant (ROSS)
- Capital Fund Grants
- Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS)
- Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
- Human Services and Development Fund (HSDF)
- Adult Day Care (ADC)
|Steve Middleton||Director of Finance||(724) email@example.com|
The Fayette County Housing Authority's Resident Programs Department is an office that provides supportive services and programs to our residents to become better educated, economically self-sufficient, and encourage community involvement.
Our mission : “Provide opportunities to residents to improve the quality of their lives.”
Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency Program
Family Self-Sufficiency Program
Resident Computer Centers
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher
Safe Haven After School
|David Huston||Director of Programs||(724) 434-2402||(724) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|No Name||FSS Coordinator||(724) 434-2404||(724) email@example.com|
|Jami McCahill||Senior Program Manager||(724) 430-4850 Ext. 12||(724) firstname.lastname@example.org|
Section 8 Department
The Section 8 Program was enacted as part of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, which amended the U.S. Housing Act of 1937. Administration of the Section 8 Housing Program and the functions and responsibilities of the Fayette County Housing Authority shall be in compliance with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 8 Regulations, as well as all Federal, State, and Local Laws and Regulations.
The purpose of the Section 8 Program is to provide rental assistance to eligible low income families, and help them become more successful at obtaining affordable housing and increasing their housing choices.
The Section 8 Program is a three-way partnership between the Housing Authority, the family, and the owner or landlord. In order for the Section 8 Program to be successful, each partner must do the following:
THE FAYETTE COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY
- Review all applications to determine whether an applicant is eligible for the Program.
- Explain all the Rules of the Program to all families who qualify.
- Issue a Voucher, and if necessary, assist the family in finding a place to live (Reasonable Accommodation Policy).
- Approve the unit, the owner, and the tenancy.
- Make Housing Assistance Payments to the owner in a timely manner.
- Ensure that both the family and unit continue to qualify under the Program.
- Ensure that owners and families comply with the Program Rules.
- Provide families and owners with prompt, professional service.
- Provide the Fayette County Housing Authority with complete and accurate information.
- Make the best effort to find a place to live that is suitable for the family and qualifies for the Program.
- Cooperate in attending all appointments scheduled by the Housing Authority.
- Take responsibility for the care of the housing unit.
- Comply with the terms of the lease with the owner.
- Comply with the Family Obligations of the Voucher.
- Screen families who apply to determine if they will be good renters. The Fayette County Housing Authority can supply information on the current and previous landlords.
- Comply with Fair Housing Laws, and not discriminate against any family.
- Maintain the housing unit by making necessary repairs in a timely manner.
- Comply with the terms of the Housing Assistance Payments Contract (HAP Contract) with the Fayette County Housing Authority.
- Collect the rent due by the family and otherwise enforce the Lease.
LEASE AND CONTRACT TERMINATION
The Family may terminate a Lease with the Owner, but such termination must be in accordance with the terms of the Lease.
The Owner may terminate the Lease with the Tenant for the following reasons:
- Serious of repeated violations of the lease, including, but not limited to, nonpayment of rent or other amounts due under the lease, or repeated violation of the terms and conditions of the lease;
- Violations of Federal, State, or Local Law that imposes obligations on the tenant in connection with the occupancy or use of the premises; or criminal activity by the tenant, any member of the household, a guest or other person under the tenant’s control that threatens the health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by the other residents, or persons residing in the immediate vicinity of the premises, or any drug-related or criminal activity on or near the premises.
SECTION 8 HOMEOWNERSHIP PROGRAM
The Fayette County Housing Authority’s Homeownership Program is designed to promote and support homeownership by a “first-time” homeowner. It allows an eligible family to purchase a home with voucher homeownership assistance, which supplements the family’s income to facilitate the transition from rental to homeownership. The initial availability of these assistance payments helps the family pay the cost of homeownership so that the family can finance the purchase of the home.
To qualify for the Homeownership Program, you must be a current Section 8 Rental Tenant, having been on the Section 8 Housing Program for at least one (1) year. You must also be employed full time for one (1) year, making at least $10,300.00 per year, or receiving SSI Benefits.
The Housing Authority currently has two (2) Homeownership Vouchers available with a Waiting List of approximately 60 Section 8 Tenants. If you are interested in being placed on the Waiting List for the Homeownership Program, please call 724-434-2115.
HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM LISTING
The Fayette County Housing Authority will provide Available Units Listings for the purpose of general awareness only. The Listings are updated at the beginning of each month. Therefore, if a Listing is received in the middle of the month, it will not appear until the beginning of the following month. Also, some units on the Available Units Listings may have already been rented. If this information is given to the Housing Authority, we will correct any errors reported to our Office. Any Section 8 Voucher Holder is not obligated to rent a unit on the Available Units Listings. This information is given for knowledge of some of the units available throughout the County, and is for convenience purposes.
Any landlord interested in adding your property to the Available Units Listings is encouraged to call the Section 8 Department of the Fayette County Housing Authority at 724-434-2135 or 724-434-2115, or by writing or visiting the Fayette County Housing Authority at 624 Pittsburgh Road, Uniontown, PA 15401. Also, a copy of the Owner’s Guide for the Fayette County Housing Authority’s Section 8 Program is available upon request.
|Lora Beth DiDominic||Director of Admissions and Assisted Housing||724-434-2115||comingsoon!|
|Janice Hunyady||Section 8 Program Coordinator||724-434-2119||comingsoon!|
|Pat Herrington||Assistant Section 8 Program Coordinator||724-434-2101||comingsoon!|
|Lesa Dolan||Section 8 Housing Specialist||724-434-2120||comingsoon!|
|Rose Kifer||Section 8 Housing Specialist||724-434-2435||comingsoon!|
|Helen Anderson||Section 8 Housing Specialist||724-434-2102||comingsoon!|
|Section 8 Housing Specialist||724-434-2121||comingsoon!|
|Nancy Benevent||Section 8 Tenant Selection Specialist||724-434-2135||comingsoon!|
|Tom Merryman||Housing Inspector||724-434-2126||comingsoon!|
|Phil Consonery||Housing Inspector||724-434-2140||comingsoon!|
The Technical Services Department is responsible for the administration, coordination and implementation of the Fayette County Housing Authority’s Capital Fund and Development Programs.
Staff researches documents and records for planning and development programs. The department oversees all planning development and all Capital Fund construction to ensure that funds are obligated and expended in a timely manner required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development.
Technical Services is responsible for the preparation and submission of the Annual Statement and Five Year Plan Housing Authority Wide. In addition, prepares and submits the Performance and Evaluation Reports for each grant year reflecting obligations and expenditures. Track all modernization budgets and oversee the administration of modernization contracts. Apply for HOPE VI and other mixed-finance funding.
The department coordinates with architects/engineers in the planning/preliminary stages of drawings and specifications for construction and development. The Technical Services Department is responsible for the Housing Authority’s Section 504 handicap Accessibility Compliance according to the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards. Conducts daily and final on-site inspections to ensure new construction, alteration, and renovations are compliant with contract provisions, architectural/engineering plans, specifications and applicable building construction codes and ordinances.
The department provides technical support to the Authority’s maintenance staff including troubleshooting, repair, and problem solving. Technical Services is responsible for the daily maintenance and efficient operation of wastewater treatment facilities in compliance with the provisions of the Clean Water Act. Prepares and submits National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Reports, and prepares and submits application for permits. Staff provides laboratory analysis of wastewater treatment facilities for required discharge monitoring reports and operation controls. Technical Services ensures the efficient operation of the computerized access control system, security/fire monitoring systems, and keying systems. Responsible for the efficient operation of electronic key fob entrance equipment, entrance lock keying machine, and pinning of lock cylinders. The department also prepares RFP’s and RFQ’s for development, A&E Services, and other services. This department places advertisements for bids, proposals, and qualifications. Staff holds pre-bid meetings, bid openings, and pre-construction meetings.
The department executes, monitors, and inspects construction contracts. Prepares specifications, advertisements, executes contracts, and manages the day-to-day operations of the technical components of all elevators, generators, boilers, and security/fire system contracts for compliance.
|Andre Walters||Director of Funding and Asset Planning||724-434-2129|
|Kristin Means||Funding and Asset Planning Assistant||724-434-2143|
|Thomas Berklovich||Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator||724-323-7244|
|Mark Madison||Construction Inspector||724-434-7271|
|Thomas Marra||Construction Inspector||724-434-7273|
|David Merryman||Construction Inspector||724-434-7302|
|Daniel Mullen||Construction Inspector||724-323-7281|
|John Santo||Housing Inspector||724-434-2141|
Department Fax: 724-434-2423