Housing Authority in full swing

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The newly formed housing authority's first piece of business is looking for a director to head the multijurisdictional agency.

The Yampa Valley Regional Housing Authority board, which was chosen by Routt County Commissioners and the City Council a month ago, first met March 4.

The group will meet again today as it continues to organize and learn the role of a multijursidictional housing authority, member and City Councilman Loui Antonucci said.

"It is going to take a couple of meetings to bring everybody up to speed," Antonucci said.

The housing authority has decided to meet more than once a month for the first couple of months to get organized.

On March 4, the members elected officers, naming Kathi Meyer as president and selected a subcommittee to start looking for a director. The housing authority is hoping to have a director in place in three months, Antonucci said.

The housing authority is also in the transition of acquiring all of the assets and programs from the Regional Affordable Living Foundation.

Of the 13 people who the city and county appointed to the housing authority board, at least half were members of the RALF board.

Antonucci said part of the March 4 meeting was spent bringing members up to speed on what programs and assets RALF had and discussing what additional powers and authorities the housing authority would have.

The subcommittee formed to search for a new director met with the City Human Resource Manager John Thrasher this week to talk about advertising for the position. At today's meeting, Antonucci said the board most likely would discuss what the job description for the director would be.

Ellen Hoj is currently the director of RALF, but Antonucci said her main focus has been implementing RALF's self-help housing program. That will continue to be her role, Antonucci said, and under the umbrella of the new director.

Hoj was hired after Rob Dick stepped down from the job in April. Antonucci said because RALF was in a transition period as it moved toward the housing authority, the RALF board had hired Hoj with the intentions as an interim director.

The board members of the housing authority are John Spezia, Curtis Church, Karen Riggio, James Ballard Jr., Kim Mitchell, Meyer, Brett KenCairn, Bud Rogers, Ron Goodrich, Tony Seaver, George Romberg, Trish Sullivan and Mary Alice Page-Allen.

Nancy Stahoviak is the County Commissioners representative and Antonucci is the city's representative.

The authority is intended to plan, finance, construct and manage housing projects and programs. Those projects and programs are intended for families with low or moderate incomes and for employees within the jurisdiction of the authority.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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