NRHA’s FY2012 Budget Public Hearing

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LaRhesa Christmas
lchristmas@nrha.us
757.314.1682

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Fri, 05/27/2011

Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority’s (NRHA) Board of Commissioners held a regular meeting followed by a public hearing for comments on NRHA’s proposed FY2012 budget at Ruffner Middle School on May 25, 2011.

Board Chairman W. Sheppard Miller, III, opened by explaining the purpose and order of the public hearing. Each of the Board members introduced themselves. Chairman Miller then credited the steadfastness and commitment of NRHA’s employees during tough budget times. CEO Shurl Montgomery followed with a PowerPoint overview of the proposed budget.

The proposed budget of $95.3 million is an $8.2 million (7.9%) decrease from the previous fiscal year’s budget of $103 million. This is attributed to the housing crisis, global recession and weakened revenue sources. The authority hopes to reduce its budget and generate new, recurring funding by:
· Offering retirement incentive programs to employees who qualify for full, unreduced service retirement;
· Restructuring efforts that include a review of programs, services and positions; and
· Pursuit of new grant opportunities and partnerships to provide continued support for programs and services.

Two Norfolk citizens gave comments regarding flooding in Tidewater Gardens.

A citizen housing task force spokesperson addressed concerns about the process for the Tenant Management Corporation elections.

Another resident asked about the need for additional housing for homeless and low-income citizens.

The final speaker expressed concern about the length of time for being on the Housing Choice Voucher waiting list. They also requested more funding to be devoted to HCV in lieu of street improvements.

All comments were recorded for consideration by the Board of Commissioners which will vote on the proposed budget on June 8, 2011. The proposed budget is available for review at NRHA’s locations at 201 Granby St., 910 Ballentine Blvd., as well as its assisted rental communities and website www.nrha.us.
 

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Founded in 1940, NRHA is a national leader in community revitalization and fostering sustainable mixed-income communities. As the largest redevelopment and housing authority in Virginia, NRHA plays a key role in making Norfolk the city of choice to build, work, live and play.

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