Staff Highlights from Concord Housing + Redevelopment

John Hoyt to Serve on Finance Committee of PHADA
John Hoyt, Executive Director of Concord Housing + Redevelopment, has been appointed to the Finance Committee of the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA). His duties for this national organization will begin on June 6, 2018.

The energy audit uses Blower Door testing in conjunction with infrared Photography, putting the building under negative pressure, which reveals if the building is “leaky”. The audit also evaluates air quality, identifies safety or health issues, evaluates heating systems, levels of quality of insulation — then models the building’s results.

“Through the modeling report we will have a price value and what next best steps are to be taken, says Hoyt. “We’ll work with Resilient and the low income CORE weatherization program through Until Electric and Liberty Gas to make sure our homes are energy efficient, safe and comfortable for our residents. All recommended updates that make economic sense outside of the low income programs will also be completed.”

Resilient Buildings Group general manager Dana Nute explains, “The testing process takes approximately two weeks. Once complete, we put a package together based on the audit results and what energy company programs and government initiatives are available to update the buildings. This is often at no additional charge to the housing authority.”

ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Condition Engineers, sets the energy audit standards. Utility companies require Level II audit results before providing rebates and incentives.

PHADA was founded in 1979, and represents the professional administrators of approximately 1,900 housing authorities nationwide. Working closely with Congress, PHADA focuses its efforts on developing sensible and effective public housing statues and obtaining adequate funding for low-income housing programs. PHADA also serves as an advocate before the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development on a variety of regulations that govern public housing across the country.

As a member of the group’s Finance Committee, Hoyt will assist with budget preparation and review, weigh in on all capital lease and large purchase contracts, engage a firm for annual audits, and approve disposition of fixed assets.

“It is an honor to be chosen for this position,” Hoyt said. “I have been working in the public housing sector for more than two decades. It is my hope that I can put my experience to work for all of PHADA’s member housing authorities. The work we do is so important. I am thrilled to be a voice for all of them.”

The staff at Concord Housing + Redevelopment is Growing

Robert – Maintenance Department
Robert fills a key role in rounding out our maintenance staff. His addition will now allow us to perform all of our maintenance and construction needs in-house with little need of outside support personnel. His responsibilities at Concord Housing + Redevelopment will include general maintenance of all our buildings with an emphasis on structural repairs, carpentry, roofing, siding and drywall.

Robert comes to CH+R following a stint as the facilities manager of an old mill building in Manchester where he was both the manager and the only maintenance staff member. Robert has worked in the past as a small engine repair mechanic, a boat builder, and a carpenter.

Jessica – Administrative Department
Jessica joined CH+R’s administrative staff this past March taking on the position of Occupancy Specialist. In this role, she schedules and conducts all applicant intake interviews and handles the annual recertifications for the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs. Verification of applicant and tenant income, assets, and qualified expenses fill her work days! In the fall, Jessica will complete her Certified Occupancy Specialist training and take a more active role in calculating tenant rent in accordance with HUD protocols. She brings years of experience working with low income families and we are happy to have her as a member of our team!