2014-03-25

Putnam County Council Hearing Set For April 15

Putnam County Council Hearing to form the “Putnam County Housing Authority” April 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Putnam County Courthouse – Main Floor

On March 18, the Putnam County Council voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on April 15, at 6:30 pm to consider a Resolution for the creation of the Putnam County Housing

Authority. This “Hearing” is open to the Public, and comments are welcome at this hearing with regards to housing in the outlying areas of the Putnam County.

Nicole Christlieb, Executive Director of the Greencastle Housing Authority (GHA), appeared before the County Council on March 18, 2014. She explained that effective February 4, 2014 GHA was no longer eligible to issue vouchers in the outlying areas of Putnam County. GHA will be permitted to administer the existing vouchers in these outlying areas of the County; however, should those voucher recipients choose to move from their current residence, then their voucher must be ported to the Indianapolis Office of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA). Should anyone in these outlying areas need housing assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher Program they will be required to apply through the IHCDA Office. Their waiting list for Putnam County is currently closed. To be eligible for assistance through the Greencastle Housing Authority Office the applicant is required to either move to Greencastle or within a five mile radius of downtown Greencastle. This area is under the jurisdiction of GHA.

Christlieb requested the County Council hold a public hearing in accordance with IC § 5-3-1, for considering a Resolution to form a County-wide Housing Authority. This Resolution would allow for the creation of the Putnam County Housing Authority (PCHA). PCHA would be able to operate throughout the entire County. With the adoption of a Putnam County Housing Authority, the Greencastle Housing Authority would change its name and continue serving all of Putnam County. A Resolution would also be required by the City of Greencastle that would allow the newly created Putnam County Housing Authority to operate within the jurisdiction of the former Greencastle Housing Authority.

Public comments and concerns should be presented at the Putnam County Council’s Public Hearing on April 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Nicole Christlieb
Executive Director

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