Due to the concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pottsville Housing Authority has closed its administrative offices to the general public. We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure the health and well-being of our housing program participants, our staff and the public while continuing to serve the housing needs of the city of Pottsville. We did not make this decision lightly but feel we need to observe the following limited operations until further notice.
APPLICATIONS: Applications are not currently being accepted due to the office closure to the general public.
VOUCHER BRIEFINGS and VOUCHER ISSUANCES: Voucher briefings and issuance of vouchers will be postponed indefinitely. Those on the Housing Choice Voucher Program wishing to terminate their participation on the program should call (570) 628-2702.
WORK ORDERS: We will continue to complete emergency work orders, but if anyone in the unit is sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please let us know so that we may take extra precautions. We will not be completing non-emergency work orders that involve entering individual units until further notice. However, please continue to notify us of any work order related needs, and we will determine if it is an emergency. If not, we will respond as soon as it is safe to do so without compromising health and safety. Please call at 570-628-2702.
INSPECTIONS: the PHA will postpone all HCV and Public Housing inspections until further notice. Tenants and landlords can reach the PHA main office firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (570) 628-2702 with any questions or concerns.
RENT: Rent continues to be due on or before the first of the month. If you are experiencing issues paying rent, please contact us immediately at (570) 628-2702. We are here to help!
INCOME CHANGES: Income changes will continue to be processed with income decreases receiving priority. If any resident/participant experience a change in income, report it via email to email@example.com. Changes may also be reported by calling (570) 628-2702 or via written notices at the development offices. Please contact us within a week if you do not receive a response from us and let us know that a change has been reported and a rent adjustment is needed.
While exposure and risk levels are changing daily, it is important to exercise precautionary measures to limit the spread of this virus. We understand that this is a challenging and dynamic time. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, using resources from the CDC, the World Health Organization and the City of Pottsville
We remain vigilantly open to modifying our plans as things develop or change and appreciate your continued partnership, support, and understanding as we all work to adapt to this unprecedented situation.
Update: April 29, 2020
Re: Resuming on-site construction projects
Dear Company Representative:
This letter is directed to all contractors with current or pending construction projects with the Pottsville Housing Authority (PHA). As you are aware, Governor Wolf and the Pa. Secretary of Health have authorized the resuming of on-site activity for residential and commercial construction projects, effective May 1, 2020.
Consistent with the Directive from Governor Wolf and the Secretary of Health released on April 23, 2020, the PHA considers your construction project to be “essential”, and authorizes your company and all subcontractors to proceed with on-site activity, consistent with the requirements set forth in this letter.
As set forth in the April 23 Directive, PHA is requiring that your company establish a written Safety Plan for each construction project site. A copy of this Safety Plan must be provided to the PHA prior to resuming any on-site construction activity.
In resuming on-site activity, the PHA expects that your company and subcontractors will comply with all aspects of the April 23 Directive, any directives or orders referenced therein, and any subsequent amendments thereto, including but not limited to:
- Social distancing of all workers
- Limit of 10 persons per gathering
- Hand washing stations
- Cleaning and sanitizing protocols
- Staggering of shifts, breaks, etc.
- For enclosed projects, limit of 4 persons per 2,000 sq. ft.
You should refer to the Governor’s April 23 Directive for a complete listing of requirements.
In addition, PHA requires that each contractor designate an on-site Pandemic Safety Officer to enforce the Safety Plan. This designation must be in place prior to resuming any on-site construction activity. A Safety Officer must be identified for each job site.
The PHA shares your desire to resume construction activities. At the same time, we are committed to ensuring the safety of our residents and others on our properties during this COVID pandemic, and expect strict adherence to the guidance offered by Governor Wolf and the Pa. Secretary of Health.
Please feel free to contact our project manager John Levkulic or myself for further information.
Promote adequate and affordable housing, economic opportunity, and a suitable living environment free from discrimination.
The Housing Authority of The City of Pottsville shall at all times operate solely for the purpose of providing decent, safe, and sanitary housing for eligible families in a manner which promotes serviceability, economy, efficiency, and stability, along with the social well-being of these families.
Pottsville Housing Authority is committed to achieving the mission of assisting our residents in achieving a life based on the family-centered values of education, vocation, recreation, and other factors which promote self-esteem and self-sufficiency through an economically sound housing program. To this end, our mission addresses the needs of each family member, viewing them as a potential learner and earner.
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No Smoking Policy Announcement
The Pottsville Housing Authority is moving ahead with a change in policy mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that requires that public housing buildings become smoke free. The Housing Authority anticipates that the policy will be in place by July 1, 2018.
“Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, breathing, burning, carrying, or possessing any lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, water-pipes (hookahs) other tobacco products, or similarly lighted smoking material in any manner or in any form including all electronic cigarette products, commonly referred to as “e-cigarettes” which will not be permitted by residents, residents’ guests or any visitor(s) as well as staff anywhere inside the building, including the resident’s apartment, offices, community rooms, maintenance facilities, etc.
In addition, the HUD rule requires that tobacco products or similarly lighted smoking materials may only be used in designated areas outside of public housing buildings that are at least 25 feet from those buildings. The policy will also apply to guests and visitors as well as staff of the Pottsville Housing Authority and contractors employed by the Authority.
The Smoke-free Policy does not mean that residents will have to quit smoking in order to live in public housing. The new policy will only prohibit smoking in a PHA owned building and within 25 feet of PHA owned buildings. Residents, visitors, guests and staff will still be able to smoke outside, as long as they are not within 25 feet of a PHA owned building.
The Pottsville Housing Authority is also making arrangements to offer smoking cessation classes for those residents who are interested in no longer using tobacco products. We will provide more information on these classes in the near future.
The Pottsville Housing Authority will require that all Residents of public housing sign a lease addendum at the time of their lease renewal. Violators of the policy will be given warning before any action begins to terminate their lease.
This new policy acknowledges the health effects of smoking, particularly second hand smoke on non-smokers, as well the maintenance costs associated with units occupied by Residents who smoke.