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ITHACA, NY – For the fifth straight year, the Ithaca Housing Authority (IHA) received a “high performance” rating from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its operations.

This is the highest ranking that may be assigned by the federal government. The Agency earned 93 out of a possible 100 points under PHAS (Public Housing Assessment System) for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2015.

Public housing provides decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The IHA serves approximately 340 families in Tompkins County under this program.

PHAS consists of four components: physical (buildings/grounds), management, financial, and capital fund.

Of the approximate 3,300 housing agencies in the U.S., the IHA is among a select number of housing agencies to achieve and maintain this prominent distinction.

“Our successful program is the product of a hardworking and dedicated staff that allows us to consistently rank among the best affordable housing agencies in the country,” said Brenda C. Westfall, Executive Director.

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Michael Smith

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