Hoboken Housing Authority doing great!

Letter to the Editor: HHA striving in tough economic times

“It is with great pleasure that I report on the financial status of the Hoboken Housing Authority.

Our Executive Director, Carmelo G. Garcia, has worked tirelessly with our staff and our Fee Accountant, William Katchen, to bring our authority to a place of not only financial stability but great financial health during these turbulent times.

Our HUD required annual audit was performed by the firm of Hymanson, Parness and Giampaolo. The findings were clear. The Hoboken Housing Authority has increased its cash reserve and is operating at a surplus to prepare for the ongoing cuts in Congress & to ensure sustainability of our assets.

Each year, the Federal Government limits our funding even further. We understand the state of the economy and have decided to attack the problem head on.

Our staff has worked very hard to be creative and cut costs while providing resident services no longer funded by HUD. We have right-sized and restructured our organization. Most importantly, long-standing vacant units are back online and rented. Not only allowing us to collect the income from these units but to help more families in need move from our waiting lists to residential units.

I am happy to report that 100 percent of our American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money has been expended ahead of the March 2012 deadline. All money was spent by investing in the infrastructure of our properties.

With new managers in place, an exceptional,staff and our action driven visionary leader I am confident that we will be able to keep to this new standard of financial excellence and continue to help the residents in our community who need us most. I can be reached at 201-526-4261.”

Jean Rodriguez
Chairwoman, Hoboken Housing Authority

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5 Comments on "Hoboken Housing Authority doing great!"

showme789
Member
showme789
I wrote in this column during the summer when Columbian Towers shut off the air conditioners during the heat wave. Management eventually fixed the problem, but not until after the heat wave. Then I complained about how the poor folks in that building can’t open their windows to get fresh air. My aunt has suffered through the incompetent management for years. This week I had to go to her apartment every day to open and close her windows. It’s almost impossible to lift them without throwing a back muscle. Why I’m writing now is because each night when I go to close her windows, there is a mob sitting in the lobby passing remarks about everyone who walks by. One night this week I had to wade through a maze of chairs, a dog, food and cups lined up on the floor and people questioning why I’m visiting so often. Good Lawd, there’s a huge community room right off the lobby!!! Why do visitors have to be subjected to this nonsense when they are going to see relatives? Last night I almost fell over a dog!!! What is wrong with the management company in that building? Can’t they get it right? If tenants want to socialize, and I believe it’s a great thing if people that age have a room for that, why can’t they stay out of the way and use the room designated for that purpose? I’m tired at the end of the day and while I’m walking… Read more »
wiskeytango1
Member
wiskeytango1
789 you know who you have to complain to..The loud mouth at the council meetings who wants the council to get it all together..secondly you will find many nosey grouchy out side hawking each person coming and going..That is up to loud mouth to put an end to that…good luck[quote comment=”212198″]I wrote in this column during the summer when Columbian Towers shut off the air conditioners during the heat wave. Management eventually fixed the problem, but not until after the heat wave. Then I complained about how the poor folks in that building can’t open their windows to get fresh air. My aunt has suffered through the incompetent management for years. This week I had to go to her apartment every day to open and close her windows. It’s almost impossible to lift them without throwing a back muscle. Why I’m writing now is because each night when I go to close her windows, there is a mob sitting in the lobby passing remarks about everyone who walks by. One night this week I had to wade through a maze of chairs, a dog, food and cups lined up on the floor and people questioning why I’m visiting so often. Good Lawd, there’s a huge community room right off the lobby!!! Why do visitors have to be subjected to this nonsense when they are going to see relatives? Last night I almost fell over a dog!!! What is wrong with the management company in that building? Can’t they get it… Read more »
jrsygrl90
Member
jrsygrl90

Doing great?????????? The seniors at Columbian Towers don’t think so. Sure you may have come in under budget, but it’s at the expense of those poor seniors..cutting A/C in the hallways and the community rooms.. A/Cs that don’t work in the Apts.

You have a Management agent, Moe De Gennaro, who is a bully..Someone must be getting paid under the table, so that this ..this so called Agent keeps his job.

He needs to go, and this Bldg needs to be better managed.

showme789
Member
showme789

Jrsygrl90, Columbian Towers does NOT fall under the jurisdiction of the Hoboken Housing Authority. It is owned by the Knights of Columbus and privately managed (by Degennaro). If you have complaints, you need to complain directly to HUD in either Newark, Trenton or Washington, DC. [quote comment=”209193″]Doing great?????????? The seniors at Columbian Towers don’t think so. Sure you may have come in under budget, but it’s at the expense of those poor seniors..cutting A/C in the hallways and the community rooms.. A/Cs that don’t work in the Apts.You have a Management agent, Moe De Gennaro, who is a bully..Someone must be getting paid under the table, so that this ..this so called Agent keeps his job.He needs to go, and this Bldg needs to be better managed.[/quote]

hoboken54
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hoboken54
Thank you showme, Your right , But city is health dept for bed bugs etc. The Mayor was here and board of health etc, So city has to be watch dog group of its seniors too. To say oh its dc problem is not a solution to problems. We need another check up for bed bugs. Remember this is 2xs we had bed bug problems. Now we had guy that was from nyc, didn’t seem to know what he was doing. Seen other dogs that check, don’t eat food etc, during checks. This dog did. No repeat visits for bed bugs. Guy got contract for once monthly spray for bugs. Always late. Not profession at all. Mayor promised repeat meeting. NONE!!!! board of health NONE!!! Are they so fearful of MOE? I believe you guys are trying to change projects etc. Money is used for it. Here you have to BEG for replacements of stoves, ac etc. Come speak to all seniors, Not the few moe picks out of fear. Thank you for your honest input. But people can deceive others with bs. Watch and listen to the people. Oh i hear that there looking for signatures , don’t look here, no votes is new slogan . Show change. Ms council lady Thank you!!!!!! NO VOTE!!!!!NO CHANGE!!!!! Seniors!!!!! [quote comment=”209202″]Jrsygrl90, Columbian Towers does NOT fall under the jurisdiction of the Hoboken Housing Authority. It is owned by the Knights of Columbus and privately managed (by Degennaro). If you have complaints,… Read more »
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