After spending upwards of $500,000 on snow removal last year, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has developed what it believes will be a less expensive plan: Hire public housing tenants to help.
The BMHA has approved a contract with Peopleready Inc., a temporary employment firm that will hire housing authority tenants when the agency needs help removing snow at its 27 housing developments.
The temporary workers will assist private contractors and agency employees with snow removal. The BMHA hopes the plan will save it as much as $200,000 by reducing the authority's reliance on private contractors, according to Modesto Candelario, assistant executive director.
The BMHA anticipates the Peopleready contract will cost $55,200 this winter. That's considerably less than if the agency hired tenants as its own employees, Candelario said. Another $236,350 is expected to be spent on contractors, and $55,000 on agency employee overtime, to handle the snow removal.