Lake George, NY

#1 Jan 31, 2013
North Adams Housing Authority officials claimed strong recent results amid a difficult country-wide atmosphere at a Board of Commissioners meeting Monday.
The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) upped its standards in 2011, and staff and the current board has done well adjusting despite limited resources, according to Executive Director Jennifer Hohn.
"It's affected every [authority] in the country," Hohn said. "We're being forced to do more with less."
Hohn reported high scores from HUD in all categories from the condition of properties to accounts receivables, most notably finance, where "healthy reserves" are enjoyed. A broader financial report is due next month.
HUD's most dramatic 2011 demands came in occupancy, where 98 percent was made the target occupancy rate. With 300 of its 306 units full, the city's authority is now right there, Hohn said.
This comes after a Nov. 27, 2012 notice from the Office of Public Housing of HUD in Boston, in which the authority received a substandard designation in a Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) audit regarding the 2010-2011 fiscal year. The principal issue for that past time frame was the occupancy level among the authority's subsidized housing.
Housing Authority board Chairman James Canavan also noted improvements since Hohn and the new board took over.
"HUD loves this housing authority," he said.
But there's

always room for growth.
Canavan said officials are "investigating" the possibility of increasing temperatures -- capped at 72 degrees since refurbishments at housing authority properties were undertaken in 2011 -- for "frail elderly."
"We've talked about doing something more for the frail elderly above and beyond what we're doing for everybody else," Canavan said.
Many tenants at the high rises on Spring and Ashland streets complain of cold they cannot address due to the temperature cap, which was accepted as part of a $3.2 million energy performance loan the housing authority received from HUD in 2011 to cover the cost of needed improvements to its various buildings -- particularly in the 40-plus-year-old high rises.
Hohn has maintained that tenants must adjust, though it may take time, as the grant "saved this agency" financially and it's now locked into the deal.
A recent petition against the cap gathered 117 signatures.
Board member Marie Harpin said state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi (D-North Adams) is bringing the cause to Boston. She'll lobby for a higher cap on room temperatures, perhaps 78 degrees, that could affect agencies across the commonwealth, according to Harpin.
Some high rise tenants say temperatures drop below the low mark of 68 degrees, and city firefighters responded last week to a frozen sprinkler pipe in Spring Street's high rise, Fire Chief Steve Meranti said.
A Jan. 9 temperature check of all five floors at Spring Street found all temperatures to be between 70 and 73 degrees, though.
In a note on housing authority heating given to the Transcript, Hohn said ventilation renovation at the high rises may be considered as a future project.
Meanwhile, in a recent interview with the Transcript, she encouraged tenants to reach out to staff if they're feeling cold.
Housing Authority staff have provided residents with draft guards and other accommodations this winter.
"We have a 24-hour on-call maintenance staff," Hohn said. " ... We're more than happy to do the little things we can do to make [tenants] more comfortable."

Lake George, NY

#2 Jan 31, 2013
Jennifer Hahn is such a liar, she told my mother to put a sweater on if she was cold. She says "They changed the rules" They didn't change the rules, she just got caught up in lies. The new windows were put in. Jennifer contracted a company to remove the old windows and put in new ones. However she never contracted them to insulate the windows. I'm sure uninsulated metal windows don't help with the heat. Everybody knows how she really is. If she really wants to save money she should start with the employees, like Bill Shrade. I dont know how many times I've seen Bill asleep at his computer. Just go to the back of the high rise and look in the office windows and you will find him fast asleep. If he is so smart how come every time you ask him a question he says he has to ask Jennifer. Lisa Labonte is useless too. She likes to run her mouth, and plays favorites with the tenants.She is real good friends with a guy that she knows that lives and sells drugs in the High Rise. I remember when Jennifer came on board and took lisas office away from her because she was to busy chasing the maintenance crew around. When Jennifer goes on vacation or has a day off Lisa is every where but were she is supposed to be. As far as the ventilation system goes.....Consideration really, 8 yrs ago there was a problem. Residents have been complaining about it for years. The vents are supposed to draw the air up and out, not down and in. There is 2 vents per apartment, one over the kitchen area and one in the bathroom. If your lucky you get an apartment with the vent working properly and some apartment blow in. I know of at least 20 residents that have completely cover their vents because of the stench of the building is being vented into apartments instead of being vented out. Very simple solution..."fix it" When people move out of the apartments the maintence men fix it up but Bill Shrade hires his buddies to paint the apartment for the next tenant. What is wrong with letting the maintenance men paint? Is that not part of their job, why waist the money on uncertified, fly by nighters? How about the 40 yr.old elevators, at least once a week the guys from Bay State elevators from Boston are there to fix them. That must cost a pretty penny too. They were told 3 yrs ago that they needed to be replaced......and if your sprinkler system is freezing there must be a problem. And how about the heat in the common room and stair wells you cant keep the tenants warn but the keep the heat on until july, that's a waist of money isn't it? NAHA is being run by idiots plain and simple. With all that said, Jennifer Hahn got her raise.

Lake George, NY

#3 Feb 4, 2013
The high rise is a mess that is for sure. call the transcript or the eagle.

Since: Aug 12

Lakewood, NJ

#5 Feb 25, 2013
listen to the ppl wrote:
North adams high rise is a mess . But Jennifer is going to have a wake up call very soon. Mark my words
Are you bragging or complaining???
Lights Out

Northampton, MA

#8 Feb 25, 2013
I heard that the air coming into the building causes some of the tenants to become wackos.

Albany, NY

#9 Feb 25, 2013
thats not nice, although i am glad i did not have to move into the highrise seems people who live there are thought as low lifes there not most are over the age of 30 and have been conditioned not to speak up or they will lose there place to live.? who is responsable for geting people to think like this?

Lake George, NY

#10 Feb 25, 2013
cil wrote:
thats not nice, although i am glad i did not have to move into the highrise seems people who live there are thought as low lifes there not most are over the age of 30 and have been conditioned not to speak up or they will lose there place to live.? who is responsable for geting people to think like this?
Jennifer Hohn

Albany, NY

#11 Feb 25, 2013
has she been there 30 yrs?

Lake George, NY

#12 Feb 25, 2013
No she has not. However you should hear the way she talks to the tenants. They are scared to speak up.
Big Mistake

United States

#13 Feb 26, 2013
So what did we miss?
What Did We Miss

United States

#14 Feb 28, 2013

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