Housing agency lauds self-sufficiency

Two people were recognized Thursday by the Lycoming County Housing Authority for completing the Family Self-Sufficiency Program that brings with it a monetary reward.

Those enrolled in the program work with a caseworker toward employment goals.

“They have five years to meet their goals,” said Housing Authority Executive Director MeriLyn Severson.

Emilie Tedesco was a jobless single mother when she enrolled in the program but finished job training and now is fully employed.

She earned $7,727 through the program.

At the outset of the program, she paid a certain amount of rent for housing. After becoming employed, her rent increased.

The money she earns, which is placed in an escrow account, reflects over time the difference between her original rental fee and what she now pays.

Another unidentified single mother earned $18,348 through the program.

Severson said the program provides an incentive for people to become employed and self-sustaining.

In other matters, it was reported that more than 900 people were on the waiting list in the past six months for Section 8 housing.

Severson said that total is higher than normal.

The board hired Craig Lee Construction to do kitchen renovations at Mary Slaughter Apartments at a cost of $17,890.

P. Joseph Lehman was hired for fuel tank remediation work at Mary Slaughter Apartments at a cost of $14,983.

The board’s next meeting is set for 8:30 a.m. March 28 at Penn Vale, 1941 Lincoln Drive.