TROY - The newest member of the Tioga County Housing Authority's housing units, Liberty Cottages, a low-income senior housing development, almost is ready to open.
The 11-unit development in Liberty Borough, which took two years to construct, and cost $1.9 million, will be open and ready to accept residents June 8, according to authority Executive Director Kelley Cevette.
The Liberty Cottages complex is a subsidized housing development for residents aged 62 and older, Cevette said.
The apartment units are subsidized by the federal department of housing and urban development, with an income limit for eligibility. Single-person households must have a household income of no more than $23,600 and two-person households $26,500 or less.
"Liberty Cottage apartments are one-bedroom units. Each unit has an open floor plan for the kitchen and living room. The bedroom is carpeted and has a large double closet. The bathroom has a large shower unit with handrails and vanity with storage space. Hall area has a large double closet for additional storage. Electric cooking stove and refrigerator are included," Cevette said.
All units are separately metered for electric service and residents will be responsible for the monthly electric bill, television cable or satellite and telephone. All other utilities are included with the rent.
The complex also includes a common area community room and kitchen with comfortable furnishings. This space will be utilized for resident activities.
In addition, there is a shared laundry area with four washers and dryers on site for residents' use.
The Tioga County Housing Authority will be the managing agent for this property and apartments will be filled from a list of applications received by the authority.
Interviewing for qualified applicants will begin in May. Any interested individuals should contact the Tioga County Housing Authority at 4 Riverside Plaza in Blossburg or by calling 638-2151.
Despite the addition of the new development, it doesn't begin to meet the need of those needed housing.
The waiting list for subsidized housing in Tioga County "just grows and grows," Cevette said. At 460 people, she said she has never seen it that high.
In Bradford County, the waiting list has 803 people on it, almost double what it is in Tioga County, and there are no vacancies in any of the housing units.
"In Tioga County we have one vacancy, and we have someone to put in there as soon as staff gets it ready," she said.
All 11 residents in the new Liberty development will hold a voucher, "so we will have 11 of the 21 we have left used, but we will be increasing the amount of money we will be using from reserves and there is nothing we can do about it," she added.
In other business, the board:
reappointed Peter Lupkowski to an additional five year term on the authority ending April 2017.
heard from chief financial officer Charlie Bourque that both Bradford and Tioga counties are operating at close to their projected budgets.