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Housing - Section 8
ATTENTION - LANDLORDS/PROPERTY MANAGERS AND/OR AGENTS

On Friday, April 17th, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM the Passaic County Division of Economic Development hosted a Fair Housing Seminar at the William Paterson University Small Business Development Center located at 1600 Valley Road in Wayne, New Jersey.

Representatives from the Passaic County Public Housing Agency were present along with Edward Haas, Legal Specialist for the State of New Jersey, Division on Civil Rights and Wanda Nieves, Director of the HUD Newark Office of Fair Housing.  If you missed this informative session, click here to see the Powerpoint presentation given to property owners by our Agency.  If unable to view the presentation, click here to get the slides in pdf format.

Responsibilities

The Passaic County Public Housing Agency is responsible for the administration of 835 federally funded Housing Choice vouchers, which provide rental assistance to eligible county residents who reside in privately owned apartments. The Housing Agency does not serve the cities of Paterson, Passaic or Clifton as these three municipalities operate their own program.  The Board of Commissioners, which sets policy for the agency, is comprised of six freeholders and one resident. The Board welcomes any and all comments from the public. Any landlord that is interested in working with the program may list their available apartments on our website by filling out this form.


Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List is currently closed.  No new applications are being accepted at this time.  Applicants who are already on the waiting list may access a waiting list inquiry form to confirm their status. This form should also be used to inform the office of every change in address regardless of time frame. The form may be mailed to the office or submitted in person during regular business hours.  Please be advised that this form may only be submitted once every six months for status inquiries.  In the event the waiting list becomes open to new applicants, it will be advertised on this website and in local newspapers.

Contact us by e-mail or phone -

Clarissa Manjarres, Tenant Interviewer    (973) 569-2177
Elizabeth Colon, Tenant Interviewer        (973) 881-4371
Niccole Allegra, Tenant Interviewer         (973) 881-4498
Thomas Gray, Supervisor                       (973) 225-3605
Z. Lizette Muniz, Finance                       (973) 881-4372
Rosalie Villanueva, Receptionist                (973) 881-4369


Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS)
The Passaic County Public Housing Agency is in the process of recruiting new participants for this voluntary program.  The Family Self Sufficiency Program guides voucher families to become economically self sufficient.  Participants are encouraged t
o achieve independence through training, education and employment.  Aside from providing assistance in attaining these goals, the program provides the opportunity to accrue monies which are paid to the participant upon successful completion of the program.

Contact Clarissa Manjarres for further details about this opportunity.

NJNAHRO NEWS
Please click here to view the latest edition of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.  The Passaic County Public Housing Agency's 2014 Family Self Sufficiency Breakfast along with our participation in the association's internship program are featured.

PASSAIC COUNTY PUBLIC HOUSING AGENCY PARTNERS WITH INVESTORS BANK

Passaic County Housing Agency's Family Self Sufficiency participants recently attended a money management seminar hosted by Investors Bank in Clifton.

Mr. MulinoJose Mulino, Assistant Vice President Branch Manager of Investors Bank, was the speaker at the class.  Mr. Mulino explained the many services that the bank has available to clients.  Topics covered included how to build credit, saving for retirement, and obtaining your credit score.  The bank also offers a credit card program to individuals who need to either build new credit or repair bad credit.

Investors Bank is ready to work with the Agency's families whatever their needs may be.  A seminar involving home mortgages will be scheduled in the near future.  Information pertaining to that class will be sent to the participating families when the date is set.

The Agency has been offering informational classes free of charge to families involved in the Family Self Sufficiency Program.  The program offers an escrow account to participants which has the potential to grow into a significant amount of money that is issued to successful graduates of the program.

FSS Breakfast Event
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On Saturday, April 11, 2015 the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Passaic County Public Housing Agency hosted the second annual Family Self Sufficiency Breakfast at La Neve’s in Haledon, New Jersey.

In addition to providing rental subsidies to low income families throughout the County, the Housing Agency administers a Family Self Sufficiency Program for its clients. The Program guides residents through a five year period which focuses on training, education and employment to reach economic self-sufficiency. The program also provides the opportunity to accrue monies which are paid to the participant upon successful completion of the program.

The breakfast honored five recent graduates from the program. Several past graduates spoke about their personal journey with the program. Guest speakers included Sonia L. Burgos, Director of Public Housing 4871 resized.jpgat HUD Newark office, and Freeholder Ronda Casson Cotroneo.  Both speakers shared inspiring success stories from their personal lives. Passaic County Health Director Charlene Gungil also presented an array of available services to County residents and provided blood pressure screenings.

“The Family Self Sufficiency Program is set-up as a safety net for our most vulnerable residents but also to provide the necessary resources and training that will assist them with becoming independent and productive,” said Passaic County Freeholder Director Hector Lora. “These important programs support training, education and employment opportunities that help county residents become self sufficient. The real life stories from recent graduates demonstrate that potential for success associated with this program.”

1307 resized.jpgIn addition to Freeholder Director Lora and Freeholder Ronda Casson Cotroneo, Freeholder Deputy Director Bruce James, and Freeholders John W. Bartlett and Theodore J. Best Jr. were also in attendance.

Dress for Success of Morris County provided outfits and accessories for participants in need of attire for job interviews. Massages, a picture booth, and a fitness routine were also offered at the event thanks to the services of past graduates from the program. Through the generosity of local merchants, gift cards and prizes were raffled.

Passaic County Public Housing Agency Director Janice DeJohn stated “The event is growing each year. We asked all attendees this year to bring household items for two fire victims that the Agency subsidizes, and received an overwhelming amount of supplies for these people. Just as we support our residents, they have in turn demonstrated that support towards others.”

Freeholder Director Hector Lora thanked the county employees who continue to work hard to provide important services to local residents and families, including the Passaic County Housing Agency Director Janice DeJohn and her staff.


Attention all campers...

Resident families who participate in the housing program with children ages 6 through 12 are eligible to enjoy the Camp Hope experience.

Transportation and lunch are provided. Come spend a day swimming and enjoying the facilities of the County Camp located in West Milford.


SAVE THE DATE!!!
The 2015 dates for Camp Hope are July 24th and August 19th.
The Agency will contact eligible families as the dates draw closer.
Camp Hope




$$$ Scholarship Winner Announced $$$

NJNAHRO has announced its 2013 scholarship recipients.  We are proud to say that Kirsten Meneses, a Passaic County Resident, is one of this year's winners. 

Kirsten Kirsten is a graduate of Hawthorne High School with a 3.7 grade point average.  In addition to her excellent academic record, she was involved in the journalism club, yearbook, Adventures Club and Pathfinders club.  She also played basketball and found the time to volunteer at both a local food pantry and the Boys and Girls Club.  She was inducted into the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society.

 Kirsten will receive a $2,000 per year award, renewable for four years, as she attends Passaic County Community College.  According to Kirsten, "I greatly and sincerely appreciate the NJNAHRO Board for selecting me.  I will use the scholarship wisely and will reciprocate the act of helping others in return."  She was presented with the scholarship at the July 16, 2013 Freeholder Meeting.

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