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Belmar Housing Authority Debates Affordable Housing and Local Preferences

Overview: The Belmar Housing Authority (BHA) meeting was dominated by discussions concerning the town’s affordable housing strategy, the possibility of changing residency preferences for these units, and the management of funding allocated for housing improvements. These debates brought to light the various perspectives within the community and among the commissioners regarding the development and allocation of affordable housing in Belmar.

Overview: The Belmar Housing Authority has proposed changes to its admissions and occupancy policies, potentially impacting the landscape of affordable housing in the region. During a recent meeting, discussions centered on amending the residency preference to include not just local Belmar residents but also those from Mammoth, Mercer, and Ocean counties. This move aims to align with constitutional mandates for affordable housing while also making the Housing Authority eligible for funding through the Borough’s affordable housing trust fund.

Overview: The Belmar Housing Authority meeting resulted in the approval of two resolutions aimed at reducing costs and improving local housing infrastructure. The first resolution authorized the re-tendering of building S repairs with revised specifications expected to be more cost-effective. The second resolution approved an elevator change order, which decreased the contract by $10,000 as the interior work will be completed by a different company for less cost. The discussions also included the status of ongoing projects, such as the near completion of an elevator upgrade and the occupancy of all housing units.

Overview: In the latest meeting of the Belmar Housing Authority, the most pressing topic was the upcoming elevator inspection and the associated complaints from residents about the delays in elevator repairs. The meeting also addressed the rejection of bids for the facade repair of the Belmar senior house, the approval of the 5-year plan and annual statement for the 2023 Capital Fund Grant, and discussions of a new housing program called RAD.

Overview: The Belmar Housing Authority convened to address multiple issues, with the most pressing topic being the receipt of bids for facade repair, as the range of proposed costs from various construction companies varied widely, from $467,000 to $1,600,000. The discussion surrounding the bids was critical as they were to be reviewed by engineers and attorneys before any decision could be made. This is part of a larger conversation about the Authority’s budget constraints and the need for essential exterior building maintenance.

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