City of Hawthorne, California Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2006 July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007 Approved by Housing Authority – May 16, 2006
The mission of the Hawthorne Public Housing Agency is to effectively provide quality customer service and economic assistance to low-income persons/families and to insure tenancy in decent, safe, and sanitary housing. The PHA Plan and the City of Hawthorne Consolidated Plan are completely compatible. The Consolidated Plan includes several programs that will benefit the Section 8 participants, directly or indirectly.
The primary focus of the PHA Annual Plan for Program Year 2006 is to increase the lease-up (Section 8 participation) rate to 95% and to maintain that rate overtime. The City will increase staffing and assure that the staffing is trained and productive. The City will market the Section 8 program to landlords to encourage their wider participation in the program. In order to encourage further landlord participation, the program will approve rents that are reasonable and reflect the current market rent for non section 8 units. The City will also institute direct deposit of the Housing Assistance Payments to reduce lost checks and assure timely payments to landlords. The City will provide deferred loans to Section 8 participants to be used as security deposits. This will widen the choice of apartments available to participants and lessen the failure rate of having vouchers expire.
The City will implement its Family Self Sufficiency Program, encouraging existing participants to seek training and education to enhance their ability to become economically self sufficient. The City will also offer a series of classes, including the eviction process, life skills, budgeting, and job training, in order to widen the participant's knowledge and abilities.
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