Guam – The Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority [GHURA] has issued the following weekly report on its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher
Program (HCVP) and Public Housing units.
*Section 8 HCVP New Applications Closed on January 7, 2013.
The Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority (GHURA) received acknowledgment from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the satisfactory performance of activities in the support of community needs and in adherence with regulatory requirements. The Annual Community Assessment Report for Program Year 2011 is HUD’s response to Guam’s PY2011 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) describing the use of grant funds during the period from October 01, 2011 to September 30, 2012.
GHURA’s performance measures included the timely expenditure of funds, and compliance with requirements governing the use of HUD Community Planning and Development funds, and specifically of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Grant, and finally the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) & Continuum of Care Grants.
In their letter to Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, HUD states, “Their [GHURA] commitment to the program objectives has resulted in Guam achieving many of the CPD programs’ objectives and ensuring that low- and moderate-income persons have an opportunity to succeed”.
Community Projects under the CDBG program included the design and construction of a shelter for victims of domestic violence and their families, renovation of the Macheche Neighborhood Multi-Purpose Facility, and the funding of homeless assistance and outreach activities.
Through the HOME program, GHURA rehabilitated six homes, two more than the proposed four homes under the Homeowner Rehabilitation Loan Program and has completed 43 of the 56 units at Sagan Bonita, and other activities.
GHURA utilized ESG and Continuum of Care Program funds to operate transitional housing, provide tenant-based rental assistance to homeless and disabled individuals, and provide supportive housing for homeless adults with disabilities.
At key points in the planning and reporting process, GHURA will engage the public to review and comment on projects and activities intended to benefit low and moderate income populations. Citizen participation is an important element of GHURA’s success, contributing to the identification of community needs, and service and housing gaps.
For more information about GHURA and the PY2011 CAPER in its entirety, visit www.ghura.org.