A Word From The Staff: Things To Know And Household Tips

HUD Re-Examinations
Ida P. Seright, Manager, Packard Court

Ida SerightThe hot days of summer are gone and now the fall season is upon us. The fall season is one of the temperate seasons and marks the transition from summer into winter.

As summer slowly changes into the fall season, we must also think about transition. We must now think about changing the way we dress, remove our air conditioners, store the barbecue pit and pool, and bring in the lawn furniture for storage. As our children are back in school, we must often time readjust our schedules and get back into our regular routines.

This is a season for change. Temperatures will gradually decrease and the days will get shorter – sometimes warm and sunny during the day and becoming colder at night. Leaves will change into beautiful colors and will begin to fall from the trees.

The fall season also signals that we will soon be preparing for our annual re-examinations for continued occupancy for all Niagara Falls Housing Authority (NFHA) residents. The annual re-exam process is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and must be completed in a timely manner for you and your entire family to remain in occupancy. All residents are required to comply with the submission of all necessary paperwork regarding household composition, and income. Also remember, that if you have a pet, up-to-date records must also be presented. (Remember: No dogs are allowed in the Packard Court Community at any time; only cats are allowed.) If you are not exempt, documentation for the required eight (8) hours per month community service or participation in a self-sufficiency program must be submitted. This requirement applies to all non-exempt household members eighteen (18) years of age or older.

Usually this is a smooth process, however all residents should start preparing for this process by gathering all the necessary income and asset information which will be required (checking and savings account statements, paystubs, insurance policies, pension statements or other retirement income, receipts for co-pays made to doctors or hospitals, and a prescription print out for the year which can be obtained from your pharmacy).

On another note, all homes in the Packard Court community should have been inspected for maintenance and housekeeping items. Your continued help in promptly reporting any needed repairs is of the utmost importance. All necessary repairs are to be made by contacting the work order line at 284-9675. All general rules of housekeeping must be observed and your home must be maintained in compliance with standards outlined in the NFHA Statement of Policy.

On a final note, should you observe any criminal activity please contact the Niagara Falls Police Department or the Packard Court Administration Office at 285-6111. Any graffiti or destruction to buildings should be promptly reported. Your continued cooperation is welcomed and appreciated. Let’s help to continue to make Packard Court a great place to live!

Making Your Own Cleaning Products
Melissa A. Matsulavage, Director of Occupancy

Melissa MatsulavageAs we all know, cleaning products can be quite expensive. Not to mention, commercial ads lead us to believe that you need a separate cleaner for every surface in your household. This is simply not true. If you use the products listed in this article, not only can you clean your home safely and effectively, but you will also save a lot of money. Last but not least, you will be doing the earth a big favor by using natural products without the harmful chemicals that damage our environment.

BAKING SODA – Baking soda is an abrasive. It can be used to polish and whiten. It does a great job when used for scrubbing. You can use on tubs, sinks, toilets and countertops. It has a high PH level and is a natural and effective deodorizer. It doesn’t just mask odors; it eliminates them by changing the PH and stopping odors in their tracks. Baking soda can be used straight out of the box and is usually less than a dollar per box.

VINEGAR – White vinegar is an acid. It is an effective grease cutter and stops mold and mildew. It is non-toxic and does not leave a residue. When use you use a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar, it is very effective for washing hardwood, vinyl or linoleum floors. Be careful to use only white vinegar and not a flavored variety. This solution can be used on most household surfaces. Run this solution through one cycle to clean your coffee maker and make your coffee pot sparkle. Do not use on stone or marble as it could etch the surface.


  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 cups water

Mix in a spray bottle. Use this product as you would use a commercial cleaner such as Windex.

LEMON JUICE – Lemon juice can be used for removing stains from countertops and stubborn food stains from Tupperware, disinfecting cutting boards and cleaning copper and brass. It also removes rust stains from clothing and carpets and can be used in making the following furniture polish:


  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Mix in a spray bottle. Shake well. Use a soft terry cloth for a great shine for wood furniture.