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Continuing Successes

  • High occupancy rates of affordable public housing developments.
  • Strong financial reserves and annual fund balances.
  • Fully functional resident services and case management department.
  • Successful completion of the HOPE VI rental and homeownership program.
  • Highly regarded Modernization Department that has leveraged over $16,000,000 in grants and financing to rehabilitate affordable public housing units and install energy improvements.
  • Operational resident councils that provide input into housing authority practices and protect tenant rights.
  • Continued high scores on affordable public housing assessment systems.

Integrity, High Ethical Standards, & Competence.

People First is committed to transparently providing, developing, and offering life-building opportunities to the low-income residents of the City of Utica.

  • Quality affordable housing opportunities.
  • Partnerships with private and public entities to optimize resources through innovative programs.
  • Education, literacy, social, career development and economic self-sufficiency programs.
  • Neighborhood revitalization, housing rehabilitation, and stabilization activities.
  • Efficient and effective management of resources.
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  • 1937
    The year we were started.
  • 999
    Public housing and subsidized units.
  • 322
    Families given clean clothes to wear in 2019.
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People First’s Board of Commissioners play a valuable role in our organization, providing advice and support for our affordable public housing initiatives.
5.0 About Departments
People First is composed of many different departments and functions to ensure that our process and organization flows seamlessly for our residents who come to us for affordable housing and low-income housing options and to attain housing.
5.0 About Business with UMHA
As the premier housing authority in Central New York, People First welcomes the opportunity to conduct business with a variety of local and national organizations.