HANO Cuts 22 Workers From Section 8 Division

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Twenty-two Housing Authority of New Orleans employees have been laid off, part of a department overhaul driven by budget cuts.

         The New Orleans Advocate’s Jessica Williams reports officials began reassigning terminated employees' cases to staffers spared from the cuts Wednesday, a process that's expected to last about a week. The laid off workers represent more than a fifth of HANO's Section 8 workforce.

         HANO Executive Director Gregg Fortner told the agency's board Tuesday that had the program been left untouched, it would have been more than $1 million over budget as far as staffing.

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         HANO's coffers have been hit hard amid dwindling federal allocations, increased program costs and added costs from construction delays. The board in September pulled $1.9 million from a rainy day fund to keep this year's budget balanced.

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