HUD Confirms Midway Manor Owners To Sign New Section 8 Contract
Residents and community advocates have appeared before city council to ask officials to investigate whether the owners of Midway Manor, who have yet to respond to any calls from Charlottesville Tomorrow, are deliberately allowing the building to decay. They were concerned that the owners would want low-income residents to leave on their own so that the property – located on some prime Charlottesville City real estate, right next to the downtown mall – could be more easily. resold.
HUD, as well as Virginia Housing, have confirmed that this is not the case.
Virginia Housing spokesperson Kyla Goldsmith-Ray confirmed last week that while the owners of Midway Manor intend to renew the Section 8 contract, Virginia Housing will not be the administrator of the new contract, as they were for the current contract. , which expires this fall.
Nika V. Edwards, spokesperson for HUD’s Mid-Atlantic office, confirmed the same in an email.
“Under a Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract, HUD provides subsidized housing to residents of Midway Manor, which is privately owned and operated,” Edwards wrote. This contract is between HUD and the landlord, Midway Manor LLLP, and “with this contract HUD is making the difference between what a very low income household can afford and the approved rent for adequate housing.
“This contract is currently being renewed to continue to provide decent, safe and affordable housing for residents of Midway Manor,” added Edwards, noting that the renewal process is not yet complete and, for now, final contract conditions. contract, such as contract renewal term, have not yet been finalized.
On August 23, the on-site management distributed a letter advising residents of a HUD inspection, conducted by its property assessment center, scheduled for Tuesday, September 21.
“The units to be inspected will be chosen at random by the inspector on the day of the inspection,” the letter said, before asking residents to reference a list of things to do in their apartments by September 20 at the latest. . Among other things, residents are asked to replace burnt out bulbs; remove foil from baking sheets, ovens and oven racks; and have the fire extinguisher at the designated location.
Residents “must not have any blocking element [their] windows, doors or patios ”, which can be a challenge in apartments, due to their layout and small size. They should also ensure that their utility closets, which are among the only storage spaces residents have in their apartments and also contain electrical breaker boxes and water heaters, are not cluttered so the inspector can enter to take a look.
Mary Carey, a resident of Midway Manor, is hopeful that the upcoming inspection, likely tied to the renewal of the Section 8 contract, will result in new elevators and a few other repairs, including updated appliances and cosmetic repairs. Paint is peeling from drywall joints and some kitchen appliances are rusty and worn. Construction of the building was completed in 1981 and the owners began renting apartments that same year.
Carey and other residents would also like the property and management to control the lights in the parking lot and tend to move in more frequently. They are also hoping the city will consider installing a bench at the South Street bus stop near the building, so that people waiting to get to their dialysis appointments, for example, can sit during that they are waiting for.
They would also like to see a new American flag hoist the pole in front of the building. The current one is faded and tattered, and Carey finds it particularly disrespectful to the veterans who live at Midway Manor. She hopes that when a new flag is hoisted – ownership and management does, or if it is left to residents – these veterans will be asked to hoist it.