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Affordable housing agency needs rent money

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Ted Sullivan
July 9, 2008
— The Housing Authority of Walworth County, the agency that provides low-income residents with affordable housing, needs help paying its rent.

Sarah Boss, executive director of the nonprofit agency, has asked the Walworth County Board for $26,400 to cover the authority’s annual expenses for rent and utilities.


“Over the past few years, the demand for additional services has continued to rise,” Boss wrote in a letter to the supervisors.


“As the agency struggles to meet this demand as well as maintaining the current services, we find ourselves stretched beyond our financial means.”


The board voted unanimously Tuesday night to consider the request.


Dave Bretl, county administrator, said supervisors can decide whether to give the agency money when they prepare next year’s budget.


The Housing Authority’s mission is to administer and develop programs that provide safe, affordable, decent and sanitary housing to eligible residents in the county, the letter states.


The Housing Authority has rented space at 35 S. Wisconsin St. after it was asked to leave the former Courthouse Annex Building on County NN in Elkhorn, according to the letter.


The office it rents is not affordable for the agency, the letter states.


The agency attempted to lease space from the county, but none is available, according to the letter.


“We must then choose to not provide programs and services that may be vital to cover gaps in existing services,” Boss wrote in the letter.


The agency could continue at full strength with the county’s financial support, the letter states.


“As humbling as this request is, we feel we no longer have a choice,” Boss wrote in the letter.



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