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Elderly, disabled get priority for public housing

September 16, 2010
New housing preferences could alter the makeup of two facilities in Warren County, giving elderly and disabled residents priority. At a recent meeting of the Housing Authority of Warren County, Executive Director Georgetta Bishop provided an update on the policy. The policy was to start Sept. 12, Bishop said, with workers switching the order of applications the following day to reflect a preference to house elderly and disabled people at Conewango Towers and Rouse Manor Apartments. Others would move to the bottom of the list, she said. “HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) has approved the resolution,” Bishop said. “We’ve had this preference for years.” Now, Bishop said, the practice has official standing. She said the disabled and elderly make up 99 percent of the residents at the two facilities. Later, Bishop said officials moved five applications below the elderly and disabled on the waiting list. She said they placed those five in the order in which they received them. The earliest of the five came in on June 1, Bishop said. The applicants not falling in the elderly or disabled categories have low incomes, she said. “We certainly want to house the elderly and disabled before others,” Bishop said. “We have apartments designed for people with mobility problems.” According to Bishop, authority officials have not received any reaction to the change. However, she said some previously expressed concerns about a different proposal to restrict occupancy at the two facilities to those who have reached age 62.


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