2751 Fifth Street
P.O. Box 231,
Berwick, La. 70342

Office: (985) 385-1546    
Fax: (985) 385-5840

8:00am - 4pm
Closed 12pm - 1pm

ATTENTION RESIDENTS--IMPORTANT INFORMATION

With HURRICANE SEASON upon us, we would like to take this time to urge residents to prepare themselves and to take proper action. Make emergency plans, assemble disaster supplies, and listen for local radio and television weather forecasts.

Now is the time to make plans with your family. If we are ordered to evacuate, please LEAVE IMMEDIATELY to avoid being trapped by severe weather and/or heavy traffic. Follow evacuation routes announced by authorities. Tell others where you are going and make sure everyone knows where to meet and who to call in case you are separated.

If you are not required to evacuate, stay indoors during the Hurricane and away from windows. Listen to the radio and television for information and avoid using telephones except for serious emergencies.

Consider how you can help your neighbors who may need special assistance in times of emergency.
Keep important telephone numbers handy.

Attached is some reading material that will help you plan for an emergency. We want you and
your family to be safe. Call the office if there is anything we can do to help.

Please call the office as soon as you can to let us know you are alright after the storm.

Thank You,

Berwick Housing Authority

HURRICANE WARNING

In case of a hurricane warning, please refer to your Louisiana storm Survival guide and make preparations. It is possible that you will be out of electricity for a few days. Being prepared will help you through this and keep you more comfortable.

THINGS TO REMEMBER:

1. Review the check list in the storm survival guide.

2. Gather Supplies.

3. Make sure your home is secure and all outside objects that could cause injury or damage during strong winds are stored inside.

4. If you own your own shed, make sure that it is secure and tied down. You are responsible for it and the contents.

5. Do not use candles or oil lanterns.

6. Tune into radio and TV stations for weather bulletins.

7. Keep your children inside of the home during the storm

8. Consider neighbors who may need your assistance. Disable or Elderly persons may depend on your help.

In case the office is close, we will leave the answering machine on. Remember if there is no electricity, the phones will not work. As soon as the storm is over and it is safe to come out, someone will come out and check the development. Please refrain from calling unless it is an emergency.

We hope everyone follows all evacuation orders and
stays safe.

HURRICANE PREPARATION LIST

Below is a list of things that you can start preparing for now and during a hurricane warning.

1. Everyone needs to clean up their yards. All items that are no longer needed can be thrown away.

2. Please clean off both front and back porches.

3. If you have a shed, make sure that it is secured and tied down.

4. Get all important documents together and keep them in a portable box, so that if you evacuate you can take them with you.

5. Keep a supply of batteries and water on hand.

6. Make sure that you have all your medicines ready.

7. Keep your car fueled.

During a hurricane warning, we ask that you do the following:

1. Please call the office and let us know if you will be evacuting or if you will be staying here.

2. Make sure that all your items in your yard are picked up.

3. Make sure that your garbage can is pulled from the street and secure on your porch.

4. Make sure that all electric items in your house are unplugged in case of an electrical surge.

5. If the need arises, we will turn off the gas at the main meters.

When you return, please be prepared for all aspects. We may be out of utilities for awhile. You may need to clean up.

FOR RELEASE

Tuesday, February
2, 2016

HUD CONSIDERS NEW RULE ON
'OVER INCOME' PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS

Notice seeks comment on
ways to ensure public housing is available for those most in need

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) today announced the agency is considering a new rule to ensure that
individuals and families residing in public housing actually need housing
assistance should their incomes grow well beyond the levels required for their
initial admission. HUD is seeking public comment on methods to
address 'over-income' public housing residents who continue to reside in public
housing as other families wait for vacant units to become available. Read HUD's notice.

About 1.1 million families currently reside in public housing
across the U.S. To qualify for public housing, local Public Housing
Authorities (PHAs) certify applicants' incomes are sufficiently low for
admission. In addition, HUD requires PHAs to conduct annual reviews of
their residents' incomes for purposes of calculating the proper level of
subsidy for each household.

However, current law and regulation do not require eviction or termination of
residency in circumstances when a household's income increases significantly
and consistently over time, even if that family pays full market rent and
receives no subsidy at all. Given the urgent need for affordable rental
housing in many communities, HUD is considering ways to possibly limit public
housing residency to those households that actually require housing assistance.

Background

The United
States Housing Act of 1937 provides that public housing units shall be
rented only to families who are low income at the time of their initial
occupancy. Each year, HUD revises the income limits that determine
initial eligibility for public housing. In general, HUD sets the
low-income limit at 80 percent; very low-income limit at 50 percent; and
extremely low-income limit at 30 percent of the median income for the county or
metropolitan area in which the household resides. Income limits vary from
area to area and may be adjusted based on local market conditions.

Last year, HUD's OIG issued a report that identified
approximately 25,000 public housing families with incomes slightly, moderately
or, in rare cases, substantially above the income limits that qualified them
for initial admission. In a letter to PHAs on September 3, 2015, HUD
strongly recommended that local PHAs adopt reasonable policies that clearly
define 'over income,' provide a safety net for fluctuating incomes, and offer
protections for hardship cases.

In anticipation of a proposed rulemaking, HUD specifically solicits comment on
the following issues:

1.
How should HUD define income that "significantly" exceeds the income
limit for public housing residency? Should such higher amount be determined by
dollar amount, by a percentage, or as a function of the current income limit,
and what should the amount be?

2.
Should area cost of living and family finances be taken into consideration when
determining whether an individual or family no longer needs
public housing assistance? Are there limits to the circumstances in which
said data should be requested and applied in a determination?

3.
What period of time in which an individual or family has had income that
significantly exceeds the income limits should be determined as indicative that
the individual or family no longer
needs public housing assistance?

4.
How should local housing market conditions or housing authority wait list data
be considered?

5.
What period of time should be allowed for an individual or family to find
alternative housing?

6.
Are there exceptions to eviction or termination of tenancy that HUD should
consider beyond those listed in HUD's regulation?

7.
Should HUD allow over-income individuals or families to remain in public
housing, while paying unsubsidized or fair market, rent? How would such a
provision impact PHA operations and finances?

8.
Should HUD require a local appeals process for individuals or families deemed
over-income?

9.
Where over-income policies have been implemented, what were the results to
public housing residents and PHAs? What were the specific positive and negative
impacts?

10.
What financial impact would over-income policies have on PHA operations, and
how can any negative impacts be mitigated?

11.
What are the potential costs and benefits to public housing residents and PHAs that
could result from the forcible eviction of public housing tenants?

12.
What evidence currently exists in favor of or against the adoption of this type
of policy?

It is the responsibility of HUD and PHAs to ensure that public housing units
are available to those who need HUD assistance. All comments directed to steps
that HUD and PHAs can take to ensure availability of public housing units for
individuals and families meeting the income limits are welcome.
There are two methods for submitting public comments:

By
mail: Comments may be submitted by mail to the Regulations
Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban
Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410-0500. Due
to security measures at all federal agencies, however, submission of
comments by mail often results in delayed delivery. To ensure timely
receipt of comments, HUD recommends that comments submitted by mail be
submitted at least two weeks in advance of the public comment deadline.

By
electronic submission: Interested persons may submit comments
electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov.
HUD strongly encourages commenters to submit comments electronically.
Electronic submission of comments allows the commenter maximum time to
prepare and submit a comment, ensures timely receipt by HUD, and enables
HUD to make comments immediately available to the public. Comments
submitted electronically can be viewed by other commenters and interested
members of the public.

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HUD's
mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality
affordable homes for all.

More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet

at www.hud.gov and http://espanol.hud.gov.

You can also connect with HUD on social media and
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