(Neb)-HUD Housing Vouchers To Remain In Chadron But Administered By SBCO Group Listen
CHADRON - The Chadron City Council has approved the transfer of 40 Housing Choice Vouchers from the Chadron Housing Authority to the Housing Partners of Western Nebraska, part of the Scotts Bluff County Housing Authority.
Low-to-moderate income individuals and families use the vouchers from HUD, the federal Dept of Housing and Urban Development, to help pay rent for privately-own houses or apartments.
Housing Partners CEO Nancy Bentley told the council last night her agency was approached by HUD officials after the Chadron Housing Authority said it didn't want to handle the voucher program any more because HUD has cut the amount of money it provides to subsidize the effort.
Housing Partners of Western Nebraska also serves as the Housing Authority for Hay Springs, Gordon, Chappell, and Sidney.
Bentley said it was important to her group, the Chadron Housing Authority, and HUD that the 40 housing vouchers remain in Chadron, regardless of who's administering them, because affordable housing remains in short supply.
Chadron City Manager Greg Yanker said keeping the vouchers in Chadron is also important for the community because participation in the program is a requirement for another program that provides tax credits for developers of private projects with housing units for low and moderate income residents.
Tax credits have been used over the years for a number of multi-family housing projects in Chadron including a group of tri-plexes on West 8th St.
Although the Chadron Housing Authority gave up the Housing Choice Vouchers, it continues to manage its own housing complexes for low-income, senior, and handicapped individuals.
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