EHDA increases family income limit

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff

   The Elizabethton Housing and Development Agency (EHDA) Board of Commissioners Tuesday night approved a resolution to allow residents to have higher family income limits and remain eligible for low-rent public housing in Carter and Johnson counties.
   The revised limits, approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), became effective Jan. 31, 2002, according to Kelly Geagley, EHDA executive director.
   The board also approved resolutions pertaining to tenant based assistance program reporting and recordkeeping requirements.
   In other action, the board approved a resolution to dispose of surplus equipment, totaling $8,966, according to HUD guidelines.
   Geagley reported to the board that:
   * During the month of January, no residents had their lease terminated for criminal activity;
   * Effective March 1, 2002, employee dental and life insurance will be underwritten by MetLife; and,
   * The U-T Agricultural Extension Service is conducting a cooking class for EHDA resident children every Tuesday at 2:45 p.m.
   Geagley distributed the EHDA Annual Report for 2001. EHDA's Annual Report for 2000 was judged best in the Southeastern region.
   According to the annual report, new regulations and mandates helped EHDA develop new programs and continue existing programs. "EHDA continued to provide excellent services during this time," Geagley said.
   Members of the EHDA board of commissioners are Fornia Peters, chairman, Jim Jones, vice chairman, Paul Bellamy, Margaret Corcoran and George Trent.