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5 Takeaways From the Tewksbury Housing Authority

One of two vacant seats will be filled at the April 1 Town Election

The Tewksbury Housing Authority met on Monday, March 20, for its regular monthly meeting with all three current members in attendance: Chair John Deputat, Marc DiFruscia and tenant member Cheryl Wight.

The Housing Authority has five seats; one is vacant because an elected member passed away. That seat will be filled by voters at the town election on April 1. The other is an appointee by the Healey administration that has not yet been filled.

Members were apprised of the DHCD notice 2023-02, which updates Release of Information forms. The two new forms, one for applicants and one for tenants/voucher holders, will allow for easier data sharing between State-Aided Housing Agencies.

As the THA budget is on a calendar year, there were no budgeting/accounting concerns.

Executive Director Melissa Maniscalco reported that there are currently six vacancies in Tewksbury’s public housing stock. One unit is ready to be occupied within the next couple of days. The remaining units will be upgraded and applicants will be notified of the availability.

Under old business, the replacement of windows project at Carnation Drive has been completed, and the board voted to issue a Final Completion Certificate to the contractor. Upon completion of the bidding process, the Delaney Drive Roof Project was awarded to the low-bid contractor, J & I Construction, out of Whitman, Mass.

The Delaney Drive walk-in shower project is in its final phase, with only 11 more units to be upgraded.

Under new business, the board discussed the Section Eight Management Assessment Program. SEMAP measures the performance of the public housing agencies that administer the Housing Choice Voucher program in 14 key areas. SEMAP helps HUD target monitoring and assistance to PHA programs that need the most improvement.

Residents can find information on how to apply for housing, income limits and more on the THA’s site. 

Agendas for prior meetings are also available, but the agency does not provide meeting minutes.

Donna Gill covers Senior Center and COA news for the Carnation.

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