The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has designated the North Bergen Housing Authority as a “high performer” after scoring 96 out of 100 on their Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) Score Report.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We are thrilled to receive this ‘High Performer’ designation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” NBHA Executive Directer Gerald Sanzari said in a statement.
“This is truly a result of the great men and women of the NBHA who are committed to serving our residents with integrity and providing them with safe, affordable, and well-maintained housing.”
HUD’s “High Performer” designation is awarded to housing authorities that demonstrate outstanding performance across various key areas, including financial management, capital planning, resident services, and overall operation.
This recognition reflects NBHA’s commitment to excellence and qualifies it to receive an extra 3% in annual capital improvement grants, which historically has amounted to an additional $60,000 to $90,000 per year.
The Township of North Bergen Housing Authority (NBHA) serves a largely Latino/minority community. Of the 986 public housing units they reserve 811 units for elderly and/or disabled persons.
During the pandemic, the transportation services that many tenants rely on were suspended during periods of quarantine.
The NBHA staff recognized a need to get vital household necessities and fresh food products to the elderly, handicapped, and less mobile tenants, so they established partnerships with local warehouse distributors who periodically donate large quantities of sundry and household items for needy persons, which HUD has recognized.