Effective July 14 through July 25, the Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority will be accepting applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) waiting list by mail only.
Envelopes must be postmarked by July 25, 2014. Applications will not be accepted in person, by fax or email. Applications and additional instructions will be available on July 14, 2014 at www.lakehousing.org or may be picked up from the following locations:
Lake MHA Administrative Offices, 189 First Street in Painesville OR from any one of the following Lake County Public Libraries: Madison, Perry, Wickliffe, Willoughby-Eastlake and Lakeland Community College Library.
Completed applications must be mailed to: Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority, P.O. Box 1670, Painesville, OH 44077. Any questions may be directed to 440-354-3347 ext. 23.
The Coalition for Housing
SAVE THE DATE
May 1, 2014
Thursday evening - 6:00-8:00 PM
Landlord Education Forum
Location: Morley Library - 184 Phelps Street in Painesville
Sponsor: The Coalition for Housing and Support Services of Lake County, Inc. www.chsslc.org
The forum will be an informative evening that provides a review of the many components of property management, including:
· landlord/tenant issues
· housing inspections
· lease violations
· fair housing
· role of Legal Aid Society
· the interface between landlords & supportive housing agencies
We look forward to seeing both current and new landlords, as well as property managers. You are an integral component of Lake County’s quality affordable housing market.
Please RSVP by calling 440-354-3347 x 13.
November 21, 2013
Dear Lake MHA Landlord:
This communication is to inform you of important information involving your valued relationship and interest with the Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority (Lake MHA).
Payment Standards Reduced from 110% to 100%.
As you are aware, Lake MHA is primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Earlier this year, we were notified that both our Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) programs would be funded at significantly reduced levels. To be exact, for this year we are receiving only 69% of eligible administrative fees for Section 8 and 94% of our eligible HAP funding. This historically low funding was further exacerbated by the mandatory federal sequestration that has crippled housing authorities across the nation.
Sequestration cut $96 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants to assist with housing subsidy. The cuts in federal funding mean that our city and county housing authorities must reduce the number of families and individuals that we can assist. This is being done through attrition – not reissuing vouchers as other families leave the program.
Many housing authorities have had to rescind vouchers simply because there is no longer enough funding to continue serving the same level of families. I am pleased to report that we have not had to take back any vouchers yet. However, we have been forced to let our leasing number drop to approximately 1380 families out of the 1457 that we could be serving. In spite of our best efforts to balance leasing numbers with available reserves, we continue to pay out more subsidy than we are receiving.
After much discussion and consideration of the impact on the community, a decision has been made to lower our current payment standards from 110% to 100% of the recently published fair market rents (FMRs), effective January 1, 2014. Lowering our payment standards means that some families will be required to pay a higher portion of their rent. Our decision was between: (1) serving fewer and fewer families or, (2) paying less on behalf of current tenants which will allow us to increase the number of families served. Please note that housing authorities are permitted to establish their payment standards anywhere between 90% and 110%. To that end, we felt that lowering the payment standard all the way down to 90% would be too drastic for our families to absorb at one time.
While the effective date is set for January 2014, the process is gradual. For current program participants, Lake MHA must give a one year grace period before the new payment standard would affect their subsidy. For new program participants and those who request to move, the new rates will be effective immediately. Due to the grace period, there will not be a large number of families affected at one time, rather as each family goes through their annual recertification process during year 2015.
This change in payment subsidy will affect different families in different ways. While we are not, at this time, asking for a freeze on rental increases, we would truly appreciate your consideration and partnership to help us prevent any future loss in housing for the families we strive to serve.
This planned change will be open for a 30-day comment period beginning November 26 through December 26. Your feedback is welcomed and appreciated. You can provide feedback by submitting written comments to:
Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority
189 First Street
Painesville, OH 44077
Information received will help shape future decisions, as the outlook for 2014 funding and beyond remains uncertain for HUD.
Melissa Winfield, MBA, SPHR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2012
Contact: Melissa Winfield, Executive Director (440) 354-3347 ext. 29
MELISSA WINFIELD APPOINTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF
THE LAKE METROPOLITAN HOUSING AUTHORITY
The Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority (Lake MHA) board began its search for a new Executive Director in April of this year. The search concluded during a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners on August 13, 2012, when Melissa Winfield was appointed to assume the role of Executive Director. Michael Cody, who had been serving as the Interim Executive Director since September 2011, will remain on at the agency and continue in his role as Director of Operations. Cody will also oversee the Authority’s recent purchase and ensuing renovation of the River Isle Apartments.
Melissa Winfield began her employment with the Lake MHA in June 2010 as the Administrative Office Manager, and was appointed Interim Assistant Executive Director in September 2011. In both of these roles, she has been responsible for assisting with the management of the agency, office administration, human resources and served as the agency’s hearing officer, among other duties. Moving forward she will focus on leading a strategic planning process for the agency, positioning it for needed growth opportunities and strengthening community collaborations.
Prior to joining the Lake MHA, Winfield was Assistant V.P. of Special Projects at Beech Brook and previous to that, a Program and Operations Manager at the Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board. During her application for the executive director position, Winfield noted that, "during my 16 years of dedicated service to various non-profit entities, there has always been a common thread – the need for stable home life before any progress could be made."
Winfield came to the Lake MHA with strong administrative and management skills. She holds an MBA from Cleveland State University and a national certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). During her short tenure, she has also been certified in Public Housing Management, Housing Choice Voucher Management and as a Hearing Officer. In addition, she is currently enrolled in the Executive Director Education Program sponsored by Rutgers University and PHADA.
Vice Chair, Greg Patt, who led the nationwide search said, "We are excited about all the things Melissa brings to the table. We look forward to her leadership in bringing the agency to its top potential in our mission to bring clean, safe and affordable housing to those most in need in Lake County."
Winfield believes she has come full circle in her career. Having grown up in public housing, she feels this is a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the journey she has been on to improve not only her life, but to now have a platform to touch and improve so many others.