Housing Authority makes strides


As it celebrates its 30th year, the Moffat County Housing Authority has a 98 percent occupancy rate and has retired the debt on one of its buildings.

"As we look forward to 2005 and beyond, the future appears to be laced with challenges and obstacles to overcome. However, I am very excited and optimistic of the overall picture of what I believe lies ahead for the Moffat County Housing Authority and the people we serve," Housing Director Keith Antonson wrote in his annual report to taxpayers.

The Housing Authority runs Sunset Meadows 1 and Sunset Meadows 2, which provide housing for primarily low-income seniors.

Both buildings have been, at times, a financial burden on the Housing Authority and Moffat County, but the financial situation improved for both buildings during 2004.

The county received a $220,000 grant from the state Department of Local Affairs, which it used to retire debt on Sunset Meadows 1 as well as install new carpet there.

Sunset Meadows 2 showed a profit in 2004, Antonson said. The Housing Authority began a planned rehabilitation of that building and commenced a capital improvement plan.

The Colorado Department of Transportation awarded the authority a grant that, in conjunction with financial assistance from the community, was used to buy a bus. The Housing Authority provided more than 10,000 rides in 2004.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Public Housing Assessment System gave the Housing Authority a high performance rating of 94.8 percent.

The Housing Authority's Meals program served more than 1,000 meals, either through the Sunset Meadows dining room or the Meals On Wheels program.

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