| HUD No. KY06-005
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February 22, 2006
HUD HONORS CITY OF PADUCAH SECTION 8 PROGRAM AS HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER AGENCY OF THE YEAR FOR EXCELLENCE IN MANAGEMENT
Carrollton, Pikeville, Scottsville, Louisville, Bowling Green, and Covington Housing Authorities/Agencies
Also Receive Awards
LOUISVILLE - The Louisville HUD Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), presented awards for excellence in management to several housing agencies at the Kentucky Housing Association Mid-Year Conference held February 12-15, 2006, in Louisville.
The Louisville HUD Office annually recognizes superior program administration by presenting awards for Small Public Housing Authority (PHA) of the Year for housing authorities with less than 100 units; Mid Size Public Housing Authority of the Year for housing authorities with 100-250 units, and Large Public Housing Authority of the
Year for housing authorities with more than 250 units; and, for Housing Choice Voucher Agency of the Year for housing choice voucher rental assistance program administrators. Awards are also given for Resident Initiative Program of the Year, Family Self Sufficiency Program of the Year, and a new Best Practices for Web Site Design of the Year. One-hundred and five public housing authorities are in competition for the public housing
awards and forty-four Housing Choice Voucher agencies compete for the Housing Choice Voucher award. To be considered for the authority and agency of the year awards, the competing organizations must excel at property, financial, and occupancy rate management.
Executive director Danny Fugate and the staff of the City of Paducah Section 8 Office were honored with the
Housing Choice Voucher Agency of the Year award. This agency has worked hard to make homeownership a
possibility for low-income families by partnering with the Housing Authority of Paducah as well as local banks and
non-profit agencies throughout the community.
In January, the agency was the first in the state to work through the process of closing a home with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Remarkably, using this partnership the mortgage terms for the families went from
20 years to 10. The agency also assisted the City Planning Department to build or rehabilitate 10 low-to-moderate income homes during 2003-2005 in the Lowertown Development District by authorizing use of $75,000 in excess administrative fees. HUD recognizes the success of these partnerships and uses them as examples for other communities.
Further, the City of Paducah Section 8 Office was one of the initial participants in the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program in 1993 and currently has 23 participants-16 of whom have escrow balances. The agency assisted two FSS participants in purchasing homes during 2005.
Other award winners included the Housing Authorities of Carrollton, Pikeville, Scottsville, Bowling Green, Louisville,
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as
well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.