Erie County Housing Authority Director Braces for Challenges

Beverly Weaver never planned to make a career out of public housing.

As a 23-year-old, Weaver came to the Erie County Housing Authority through a temporary employment agency to work as a secretary.

What was supposed to be a short-term job spawned a 32-year career that has included oversight of weatherization and rehabilitation projects and the Section 8 voucher program for an agency that helps provide and upgrade housing for more than 3,000 low- and moderate-income county residents each year.

Then came Jan. 9, when the authority’s board of directors presented the lifelong county resident with a new challenge.

Weaver, 55, was named executive director of the Housing Authority, succeeding the retired Michael McNierney. Weaver had been serving as deputy director of the authority since June 2014.

After a little more than six months on the job, Weaver said her agency and housing authorities nationwide are bracing for what could be their most significant fiscal challenge in decades.

President Donald Trump has proposed sweeping cuts to public housing as part of his federal budget plans, including slashing funding for public housing repairs by $3 billion, or 47 percent compared to 2017, and cutting more than $1 billion from the federal Section 8 program.

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