The Housing Department has new hours:
Monday through Thursday 7:00 am to 5:30pm.
Fridays the Housing Department will be open from 8:00 am to 5pm.
Current Housing Staff from Top Left: Genia Williams (Housing Director), Steven Hicks (Maintenance), Albert Charley (Maintenance Supervisor), Shalone Jimmy (Resident Service Specialist). Bottom Row from left: Christine Twiss (Housing Administrative Assistant), Vicki Moyle (Project Development Manager), Krystal Williams (Office Clerk), and Jackie Snooks (Secretary).
The Housing Department has also hired two carpenters. Curtis “Lyle” Strawbuck is the Lead Carpenter and Byron Gustie is the Carpenter. Their main priority will be completing Renovation Projects, Elders and Disabled Accessibility, Emergency Assistance Repairs for Elderly, Bus Stops, and other various projects. There is a lot of work to be done and these two Carpenters will be working closely with the Project Development Manager coordinating and implementing projects throughout the year. The carpenters have been busy doing a few small projects, inventory and purchasing supplies to get started on some of the approved projects.
Genia Williams is the Housing Director who oversees all operations of the Housing Department and its staff. She will maintain a strong working relationship with the Housing Committee as well as the Business Council to ensure that the Housing Department is providing reports and information on changes in our program or activities, policies etc. and getting approval for such. The Housing Director will ensure that the goals, projects, and objectives of the Housing Department are met.
Vicki our Project Development Manager is responsible for coordinating the development, construction, and modernization of all activities or projects for the Housing Department. She takes care of the planning and construction according to budget and that these projects are done according to code. She will also be responsible for the inspection of the homes and renovation if necessary.
Christine Potts is the Administrative Assistant who will be coordinating activities and reports between the Resident Services Department and the tenants/homebuyers. She will monitor all tenant accounts and mail delinquency notices as needed. Christine will help the Director and Resident Service Department prepare complaint documents as well as court documents. She is also responsible for work orders and purchase request within Housing.
Shalone Jimmy is currently the Administrative Secretary for the Housing Department and greets all visitors, takes in tenant payments, maintains supplies, and does various other administrative duties on a daily basis.
New Applicants are required to submit a number of documents in order to be considered eligible or ineligible for our Programs. This takes time and there are few houses that are move-in ready at this time. This does not mean you cannot apply for Housing. Here are a few of the requirements established:
v Preference is given to enrolled members of FPST
v You must be considered income eligible ( we verify this through the application process)
v You must be at least 18 years old
v You must pass a background check
v You must be in good standing and not owe any past debts to Housing or Utility Companies
v You must fill out an Application for Admission in its entirety, along with any supporting documentation
Note:Once you have put an Application in, it must be updated every 6 months. If not, you risk being taken off the list and will have to start the process all over again.
Albert Charley and Steven Hicks are the Maintenance Workers for the Housing Department and help to complete house inspections, provide maintenance and repair for tenants, prepare work orders, pick up supplies from hardware stores, and do various construction and/or maintenance as needed.
Krystal Williams is the new Office Clerk for the Housing Department. Krystal’s job positions focuses on record management and provides general clerical duties. Over the past few months Krystal has been filing and locating documents to prepare for the internal audit, the monitoring review from HUD and she has been able to locate documents to clear up some of the audit findings. She fills in wherever needed and will be planning events and coordinating meetings for the housing staff. Krystal is an asset to the Housing Department!
Jackie Snooks has also been a great asset to the Housing Department and assists with whichever department needs the help. Jackie is always busy helping other staff and has been organizing the front office. She has taken on the Secretary duties in the front office at this time, Jackie is usually the first person to greet the public, her knowledge and experience has been a great help to the rest of the staff at Housing.
The Housing Department Committee consists of 5 people: Chairman- Vacant, Vice Chairman- Tom Burton (presides over the meetings), Secretary- Rochanne Downs (keeps records of proceedings, conducts poll voting as necessary, and transcribes minutes), and Members- Brenda Hicks and Mary Williams (advise, consult, and vote with the other Committee Members on various decisions pertaining to the Housing Department). They preside over the monthly meetings and make recommendations and/or approvals of important matters involving the Housing Department. We currently have a vacancy on the Housing Committee. Interested persons should contact Laura Ijames, Tribal Secretary for an application.
Every month there are Regular Housing Committee Meetings that are usually held the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Occasionally they are rescheduled for a later date but this is the normal schedule for the meetings. Tribal members are encouraged to attend and listen in on the meetings, or ask questions and voice concerns. The agendas will be posted in the future at the Administration building and at the Housing Department for the Regular Committee Meetings.
There are several services that the Housing Department provides to our tenants and they vary according to the Housing Departments budget, your lease agreements, age, and income. Some of the services provided include:
- Housing ( we currently have a waiting list)
- Elderly & Disabled Accessibility Assistance
- Elder Home Protection Assistance
- Maintenance requests
- Payment or Payback Agreements
Currently we are working on bid documents to renovate vacant homes. There are homes in the Colony which are experiencing foundation failures and that issue must be resolved before any rehabilitation is completed on the vacant units at the Colony. There are also a handful of homes on the reservation that will be renovated in the future and eventually become rentable.
The Housing Department is confident that things will be improved over time. It is taking a lot of work from outside sources as well as within to make these improvements and changes but it will be well worth the time and effort once it gets accomplished.
The current staff is committed and working hard to see that services are provided to the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribal Members.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.