Oswego Mayor talks changes to HUD housing program in State of the City address

CITY OF OSWEGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow announced changes coming to the HUD low income housing program in his 2017 State of the City address.

Barlow wants to strengthen the HUD housing standards to ensure that landlords who rent unites to those on HUD are receiving the housing conditions they are entitled to as a participant of HUD.

According to Barlow, since he made the HUD housing inspector in the city a full-time position in January, 81 percent of the units inspected failed.

Barlow also addressed revising the HUD prioritization list by giving priority consideration to those who are actively working or going to school.

“We will continue to pursue those landlords who are not providing the fair housing conditions they agree to provide under HUD guidelines, and we will work to further strengthen those guidelines,” Barlow said in an email to NewsChannel 9.

Additionally, the mayor announced the privatization of the management ofthe city water plant, which Barlow says would save $140,000 annually.

Barlow also discussed re-writing the city zoning code, and the city’s future efforts on working to combat poverty and illegal drugs.

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