Monticello, NY - Village Officials Wonder If Brooklyn Residents Had Head’s Up About Sullivan County Section 8 Waiting List
Monticello, NY - Questions have surfaced as to whether Sullivan County residents had ample notice about the chance to apply for 50 available Section 8 housing slots, says the Times Herald-Record (http://bit.ly/1TuWhWR ).
As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/1N3rWKv), throngs of people, many of them Chassidim, descended upon the Monticello Housing Authority this past
Monday after spending the night camped out for a chance to apply for Section 8.
The overflowing crowd reportedly made a great deal of noise, parked their vehicles in private spaces, and prevented school buses from getting through to pick up school children.
Monticello Village Manager David Sager said he believes that Brooklyn residents knew well in advance about the opportunity compared with those living in Sullivan County. “I would certainly like to see our community be made as implicitly aware of this,” Sager said. “It shouldn’t be our imperative to be concerned with residents in Kings County.”
Village Mayor Doug Solomon said he didn’t even know about the event until a resident called him about the parking situation. “For that many people, where are they supposed to park?” he said.
Anne Johansen, Executive Director of the Monticello Housing Authority disputed Sager’s allegations and defended how her agency handled the situation. She said opening the waiting list was justified since there aren’t that many Sullivan County residents on the current waiting list. She added that while she didn’t anticipate as many people who came out, she did advise Evergreen residents to expect a lot of people.
Notifications were also placed in the local papers and Johansen said she spoke about the waiting list at the county housing meeting on June 10. Other agencies, including the Office of the Aging and Veterans Service, and the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless were notified as well.
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