DeKalb County housing authority in top 10

Steve Mesis, director of the Illinois State Office of Public Housing, announced last month that The Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb (HACD) is in the top 10 of Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) high scores in Illinois.

In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012, the county housing authority ranked as a “High Performer” in the management of 280 federal public housing units. The housing authority received a score of 93 out of a possible 100. The assessment looks at the physical condition of the properties and the financial management of the program, including capital projects and management operations.

“We are very proud of this achievement. We take very seriously our mission to provide safe, decent, affordable housing. We are dedicated to quality living by quality property management through the most efficient and cost effective manner,” executive director Michelle Perkins said.

The authority is also deemed a High Performer for the administration of the Housing Choice Vouchers program, which serves 564 low-income, elderly and disabled families. That number also includes the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program for homeless veterans.

The housing authority owns and manages 11 properties throughout DeKalb County.

It partners with Hope Haven and the Ben Gordon Center’s Community Support Program, providing supportive living facilities for the chronically homeless and mentally disabled.

Housing authority programs include multifamily and rural development affordable housing projects for the elderly and disabled in Shabbona and Hinckley.

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