Bristol’s Housing Authority honored by HUD

The city’s public Housing Authority has received the highest performance rating awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for its Public and Housing Choice Voucher programs respectively.

“What this means is that Bristol’s public housing program is recognized by HUD for its quality, financial and management health,” said Authority Chief Executive Officer Mitzy Rowe in a press release. “This is high praise for our dedicated Board of Commissioners and employees who work every day to create opportunities for affordable housing and a suitable living environment and promote self-sufficiency in our community for 2,692 residents.”

The “High Performer” rating also means the authority enjoys a competitive edge when applying for grants and receives additional funding annually for capital improvements. Lower-performing organizations must submit to annual or bi-annual assessments.

The authority earned a score of 94 out of a possible 100 points on HUD’s Public Housing Assessment System for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014. The assessment evaluates four areas: Physical condition of an authority’s developments; Financial strength; Management practices; Capital health and occupancy rates.

Only about 30% of Connecticut’s roughly three-dozen public housing authorities typically receive the “high performer” rating of 90 or better.