Fayette County Housing Authority

FCHA Main Office
624 Pittsburgh Road
Uniontown, PA 15401
(724) 434-2100

Fayette County Housing Authority Departments



Admissions
Finance
//Programs
Section 8
Tenant Selection
Technical Services






Admissions Department

It is the mission of the Fayette County Housing Authority to provide safe, decent, sanitary and affordable housing to low and very low income families, in an environment that fosters self-sufficiency and community pride. The Housing Authority is committed to building and maintaining housing for the citizens in our communities. We seek to create safe neighborhoods by partnering with individuals and organizations to provide housing, education and employment opportunities. We are dedicated to providing these communities with quality, affordable housing that is decent, well-maintained and free from drugs and violent crime.

The Fayette County Housing Authority owns and manages housing communities for families, as well as elderly citizens wishing to lease units within our jurisdiction. We currently have 1,323 Public Housing Units, consisting of 15 family sites, with 890 units, and 4 elderly sites, with 433 units. In 3 of the family sites, there are units designated for the elderly, and these units are included in the total of 433. In order to be eligible for the Housing Program, the applicant must qualify under the Housing Authority’s Admissions and Occupancy Policies.

The Tenant Selection Department is responsible for:

Applications are taken at the Administration Office of the Fayette County Housing Authority from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Monday through Friday of each week. Applications for the Section 8 Housing Program are taken during the same hours, but only on Tuesday and Thursday of each week. The following items are required when applying for Housing:

Applications are also accepted at any of the Public Housing Developments. An Application may be mailed to you; however, once completed, you must bring the application into the Tenant Selection Department for review with you by one of our Staff.

For any questions concerning Tenant Selection, please contact one of the following:

NameTitlePhoneEmail
Carletta FronczekTenant Selection Supervisor(724) 434-2116coming soon!
Cathy McNairApplication Specialist(724) 434-2117coming soon!
Mary DavidSecretary II, Admissions & Assisted Housing(724) 434-2118coming soon!

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Finance Department

The Finance Department of the Fayette County Housing Authority (FCHA) is an Administrative Service Department whose interaction with tenants is limited to payment histories and collections. The majority of tenant inquiries are referred to community managers. Other services in the department are organized to service other FCHA departments. These services are:

Revenue Generation: Working with other FCHA Departments, mainly housing management, the finance department assists in collection of rents and other tenant income. We assist other departments in obtaining subsidy and grant revenues through ELOCCS on a timely basis.

Budgeting: Assists all FCHA departments in producing the Conventional Program Operating Budget adopted by the Authority Board every year. A budget is a Financial Plan estimating your Revenue & Expenses for the next Fiscal year.

Financial Management: Works in cooperation with all FCHA Departments to make sound financial decisions. In other words, make sure the costs do not exceed the receipts.

Accounting: To present financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) applicable to governmental units. The FCHA is considered to be an Enterprise Fund and uses the accrual basis of accounting, so revenues are recognized when earned and expenses are recognized when incurred. The Authority is subject to the regulations of HUD. These regulations prescribe Accounting policies and practices that, in some cases, differ from generally accepted accounting principles. The authority uses the direct charge-off method of recording uncollectible accounts.

Investments: The Authority’s investments are stated at cost, which approximates net realizable value. Accounting monitors these Authority Funds:

Conventional Low-Income Housing Program: Represents housing units that are owned and operated by the Authority under the Conventional Low-Income Public Housing Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Housing Choice Voucher Program: Represents Section 8 Certificate and Voucher Housing Assistance Payment Programs that are administered by the Authority.

State Housing: Representing 100 market rate units owned and operated by the FCHA.

Other Programs: Other programs operated by the Authority include:

NameTitlePhoneEmail
Steve MiddletonDirector of Finance(724) 434-2107steve@faycha.org
Jack RogersAccountant
LIPH/Section 8
(724) 434-2105rogers@faycha.org
Karen PlichtaAccountant
LIPH
(724) 434-2401kplichta@faycha.org
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Programs Department

The Fayette County Housing Authority's Resident Programs Department is an office that provides supportive services and programs to our residents to become better educated, economically self-sufficient, and encourage community involvement.

Our mission : “Provide opportunities to residents to improve the quality of their lives.”


Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency Program
Family Self-Sufficiency Program
Resident Computer Centers
Resident Councils
Senior Services
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher
Safe Haven After School
Summer Camp
Youth Sports

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NameTitlePhoneFaxEmail
David HustonDirector of Programs(724) 434-2402 (724) 434-dhuston@faycha.org
No NameFSS Coordinator(724) 434-2404 (724) 434-kgalik@faycha.org
Jami McCahillSenior Program Manager(724) 430-4850 Ext. 12(724) 430-1437fayette@swpa-aaa.org

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Section 8 Department

The Section 8 Program was enacted as part of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, which amended the U.S. Housing Act of 1937. Administration of the Section 8 Housing Program and the functions and responsibilities of the Fayette County Housing Authority shall be in compliance with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 8 Regulations, as well as all Federal, State, and Local Laws and Regulations.

The purpose of the Section 8 Program is to provide rental assistance to eligible low income families, and help them become more successful at obtaining affordable housing and increasing their housing choices.

The Section 8 Program is a three-way partnership between the Housing Authority, the family, and the owner or landlord. In order for the Section 8 Program to be successful, each partner must do the following:

THE FAYETTE COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY

THE FAMILY

THE OWNER


LEASE AND CONTRACT TERMINATION
The Family may terminate a Lease with the Owner, but such termination must be in accordance with the terms of the Lease.

The Owner may terminate the Lease with the Tenant for the following reasons:


SECTION 8 HOMEOWNERSHIP PROGRAM
The Fayette County Housing Authority’s Homeownership Program is designed to promote and support homeownership by a “first-time” homeowner. It allows an eligible family to purchase a home with voucher homeownership assistance, which supplements the family’s income to facilitate the transition from rental to homeownership. The initial availability of these assistance payments helps the family pay the cost of homeownership so that the family can finance the purchase of the home.

To qualify for the Homeownership Program, you must be a current Section 8 Rental Tenant, having been on the Section 8 Housing Program for at least one (1) year. You must also be employed full time for one (1) year, making at least $10,300.00 per year, or receiving SSI Benefits.

The Housing Authority currently has two (2) Homeownership Vouchers available with a Waiting List of approximately 60 Section 8 Tenants. If you are interested in being placed on the Waiting List for the Homeownership Program, please call 724-434-2115.

HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM LISTING
The Fayette County Housing Authority will provide Available Units Listings for the purpose of general awareness only. The Listings are updated at the beginning of each month. Therefore, if a Listing is received in the middle of the month, it will not appear until the beginning of the following month. Also, some units on the Available Units Listings may have already been rented. If this information is given to the Housing Authority, we will correct any errors reported to our Office. Any Section 8 Voucher Holder is not obligated to rent a unit on the Available Units Listings. This information is given for knowledge of some of the units available throughout the County, and is for convenience purposes.

Any landlord interested in adding your property to the Available Units Listings is encouraged to call the Section 8 Department of the Fayette County Housing Authority at 724-434-2135 or 724-434-2115, or by writing or visiting the Fayette County Housing Authority at 624 Pittsburgh Road, Uniontown, PA 15401. Also, a copy of the Owner’s Guide for the Fayette County Housing Authority’s Section 8 Program is available upon request.

SECTION 8 DEPARTMENT STAFF
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Lora Beth DiDominicDirector of Admissions and Assisted Housing724-434-2115comingsoon!
Janice HunyadySection 8 Program Coordinator724-434-2119comingsoon!
Pat HerringtonAssistant Section 8 Program Coordinator724-434-2101comingsoon!
Lesa DolanSection 8 Housing Specialist724-434-2120comingsoon!
Rose KiferSection 8 Housing Specialist724-434-2435comingsoon!
Helen AndersonSection 8 Housing Specialist724-434-2102comingsoon!
Section 8 Housing Specialist724-434-2121comingsoon!
Nancy BeneventSection 8 Tenant Selection Specialist724-434-2135comingsoon!
Tom MerrymanHousing Inspector724-434-2126comingsoon!
Phil ConsoneryHousing Inspector724-434-2140comingsoon!


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Technical Services

The Technical Services Department is responsible for the administration, coordination and implementation of the Fayette County Housing Authority’s Capital Fund and Development Programs.

Staff researches documents and records for planning and development programs. The department oversees all planning development and all Capital Fund construction to ensure that funds are obligated and expended in a timely manner required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development.

Technical Services is responsible for the preparation and submission of the Annual Statement and Five Year Plan Housing Authority Wide. In addition, prepares and submits the Performance and Evaluation Reports for each grant year reflecting obligations and expenditures. Track all modernization budgets and oversee the administration of modernization contracts. Apply for HOPE VI and other mixed-finance funding.

The department coordinates with architects/engineers in the planning/preliminary stages of drawings and specifications for construction and development. The Technical Services Department is responsible for the Housing Authority’s Section 504 handicap Accessibility Compliance according to the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards. Conducts daily and final on-site inspections to ensure new construction, alteration, and renovations are compliant with contract provisions, architectural/engineering plans, specifications and applicable building construction codes and ordinances.

The department provides technical support to the Authority’s maintenance staff including troubleshooting, repair, and problem solving. Technical Services is responsible for the daily maintenance and efficient operation of wastewater treatment facilities in compliance with the provisions of the Clean Water Act. Prepares and submits National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Reports, and prepares and submits application for permits. Staff provides laboratory analysis of wastewater treatment facilities for required discharge monitoring reports and operation controls. Technical Services ensures the efficient operation of the computerized access control system, security/fire monitoring systems, and keying systems. Responsible for the efficient operation of electronic key fob entrance equipment, entrance lock keying machine, and pinning of lock cylinders. The department also prepares RFP’s and RFQ’s for development, A&E Services, and other services. This department places advertisements for bids, proposals, and qualifications. Staff holds pre-bid meetings, bid openings, and pre-construction meetings.

The department executes, monitors, and inspects construction contracts. Prepares specifications, advertisements, executes contracts, and manages the day-to-day operations of the technical components of all elevators, generators, boilers, and security/fire system contracts for compliance.



Andre WaltersDirector of Funding and Asset Planning724-434-2129
Kristin MeansFunding and Asset Planning Assistant724-434-2143
Thomas BerklovichWastewater Treatment Plant Operator724-323-7244
Mark MadisonConstruction Inspector724-434-7271
Thomas MarraConstruction Inspector724-434-7273
David MerrymanConstruction Inspector724-434-7302
Daniel MullenConstruction Inspector724-323-7281
John SantoHousing Inspector724-434-2141

Department Fax: 724-434-2423



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