(d/b/a People First)


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Utica, New York (UMHA) – People First (d/b/a/) - is announcing a public comment period and a public hearing relative to proposed changes to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Plan. The Administrative Plan establishes policies for the administration of the Section 8 (also known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program) which must comply with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations and requirements.  The comment period is open for 30 days from May 19, 2022 through June 20, 2022.  A public hearing will be held to receive comments on changes to the Administrative Plan. Written comments may be submitted prior to or at the hearing.  The public hearing will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. on Monday June 20, 2022 in the Community Room at the Authority’s Main Offices located at the Perretta Twin Towers, 509 Second Street, Utica, New York 13501.  The proposed amended Administrative Plan  is available for review at or the Authority main offices as well as at each property management office located at our various housing developments from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Comments may be submitted in writing to John Furman, Director of Grants, Programs, Compliance and Monitoring, no later than 11:59 p.m., Monday, June 20, 2022 at the address indicated above.  Faxed submissions will be accepted at 315-735-3366.  Email comments should be sent to  Any questions may be directed to 315.982.3731. Residents are invited to participate in the UMHA Resident Advisory Board to offer input on the proposed amendment.  Resident Advisory Board meetings will be held on:  Wednesday, May 25, 2022, – 6:00 p.m., Perretta Twin Towers Community Room, 509 Second St., Utica, New York 13501;  Wednesday, June 8, 2022, – 6:00  p.m., Perretta Twin Towers Community Room, 509 Second St., Utica, New York 13501.  Residents and members of the public may participate in the above meetings via Zoom and Free Conference Call. The Free Conference Call number is (267) 807-9605 and the access code is 558769. The Zoom meeting information (  is:

Meeting ID: 932 2215 2465; Passcode: 162601; One tap mobile +19292056099,,93222152465# US (New York).  If you have any questions or need the digital meeting information, please contact John Furman, Director of Grants, Programs, Monitoring, and Compliance, at (315) 735-3362, ext. 34 or (315) 982-3731.  The email address is  In accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the UMHA will make reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities or language interpretation services. Please call or email Mr. Furman at least three business days before the public hearing or resident meetings if you require special accommodations, transportation, or language interpretation services.  We strongly encourage scattered site and HOPE VI residents as well as HCV/Section 8 voucher holders to attend these meetings.  The UMHA, an Equal Housing Opportunity provider, does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, family status, gender identity, or disability.  We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in our agency operations.