GHURA receives 'high-performer' designations for Section 8, public housing

GHURA: The Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority building in Sinajana is shown in this file photo. The agency received "high-performer" ratings from federal housing evaluators for its Section 8 and public housing programs. Post file photo

The Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority received "high-performer" designations on both its Section 8 and public housing programs for budget year 2018, GHURA announced Monday.

At a recent meeting between the GHURA board of commissioners and officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD informed the local housing authority that it had scored above 90% on the Section 8 Management Assessment Program and Public Housing Assessment System certifications. Specifically, GHURA had a SEMAP score of 130 out of 140, and PHAS score of 93 out of 100. HUD conducts annual certifications of housing authorities nationwide.

These high-performer designations indicate that GHURA meets basic performance standards and demonstrates an exemplary level of competency in administration of its programs, GHURA stated in a press release.

"These scores and designations as a high performing housing authority on both our Section 8 and public housing programs are a tribute to the dedication and hard work of GHURA personnel," Executive Director Ray Topasna said. "Kudos to my housing programs management and staff for all they do to improve the quality of life for thousands." GHURA provides housing to about 3,370 families.

SEMAP certification indicators include the following: selection from waitlist; reasonable rent; determination of adjusted income; utility allowance schedule; housing quality standards inspections/enforcement; payment standards; correct tenant calculations; lease-up; and family self-sufficiency enrollment.

The public housing rating system is based on four major indicators including: physical condition; financial condition; management operations; and capital funds. HUD's rating system measures performance and defines acceptable public housing standards for key areas of public housing management.

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