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Buffalo housing agency approves budget with promise to fill more jobs

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority on Thursday approved a $46.7 million 2019-2020 budget that keeps spending at roughly the same level as the current fiscal year, but continues an ongoing retooling aimed at hiring more workers to maintain public housing apartments.

The BMHA plans to hire a dozen new laborers and half a dozen new housing aides, said BMHA Executive Director Gillian Brown.

The positions were budgeted, but not filled in the past, or are openings created through promotions, he said.

The BMHA hopes to fill most of the laborer positions with BMHA tenants, Brown said. The BMHA received over 200 applications from tenants interested in the laborer jobs, he said.

The BMHA fiscal year runs July 1 through June 30.

The $46.7 million budget represents a 4 percent increase in revenue over the current year, but spending is budgeted at about $46.2 million – a 1 percent increase. The remaining $440,000 is being set aside in a surplus account as the BMHA attempts to rebuild its reserves, officials said.

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