January 22, 2007
The city of Charlottesville's redevelopment and housing authority recently learned that the top dogs in Washington, were taking away a huge chunk of their annual budget.
How would you feel if Congress came to your door and said it was taking away one fourth of your pay check?
I took that question right into the city's housing authority director Noah Schwartz.
"I consider this a crisis in that it tells us where we're headed" said Schwartz.
The federal government cut back on the amount of money it plans to hand over to the department of housing and urban development. In return HUD is cutting back on what it can give to local cities like Charlottesville.
The Feds cut the city's funding by 24 percent, which equals out to three hundred eighteen thousand dollars. Leaving the city to dip into its rainy day wallet to make up the difference.
"Budget cuts like this, it clearly impacts our ability to keep that upward trajectory of performance" said Schwartz.
The city's housing authority has been moving upward ever since this past fall since this past fall when HUD took it off troubled status.
When you look at a breakdown by the numbers around 19 percent of the city lives at or below the poverty line. About 1000 residents live in public housing and 70 percent of those tenants make less than 10 thousand dollars a year They live in the 376 housing units spread across 11 different sites throughout Charlottesville.
"The impact is really through the continuum of activities we take on. It's hard to pinpoint one particular things that wouldn't happen. For example we're not going to stop maintaining our properties that's not on the table, you can't do that" said Schwartz.
Schwartz also said that the housing authority will probably have to rely more on the city's budget.
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