Public Housing Authority
What is PHAACO?
• PHAACO is a loosely held organization
made up primarily of Public Housing
• We banded together under the HUD
guidelines to be able to provide services for
one another, specifically in the area of
Why was PHAACO formed?
• On November 29, 2000, HUD sent out a
notification that stated that if PHAs wanted to
join together to provide services, and/or
secure services that would ultimately benefit
the PHA’s and save money, they were free to
do so without the worry of the procurement
policies that normally bound PHA’s.
What PHAACO is about
• PHAACO follows procurement policy
guidelines in the establishment of the
initial service. The members are then
covered under the PHAACO umbrella.
• PHAACO works with PHAs, and other
organizations, both large and small, to provide the
maximum benefit of any service that we choose to
provide or develop.
“Tell me more
• We have been in
existence for seven
• There is no formal board.
• Every housing authority has an equal say.
• Everything that is done is done through a voting process,
and every member organization has equal weight with
regard to their vote.
• It does not matter whether the organization is large or
small, each has one vote.
How many PHA’s are currently
• Currently, Fourteen PHA’s are participating in
PHAACO. The fourteen housing authorities
are: Stark, Portage, Lucas, Zanesville,
Jefferson, Lorain, Cuyahoga, Cincinnati,
DeKalb, Amsterdam, Gallia, Geauga, Akron
What services has PHAACO provided?
• We have given advice about topics such as,
What is Performance Contracting
Performance Contracting is a way to save
PHA’s money regarding energy-related capital
improvements. A Performance Contract is an
agreement that HUD has to approve that may
allow you to replace doors, windows, lights,
appliances, and other energy related items.
• The rolling base is frozen to pre-renovation
levels. Savings and paybacks are calculated to
show how much consumption and costs are
being accrued. The savings are used to pay
for the equipment, and associated costs.
THE ADD-ON METHOD
• There is also the Add-On Method (similar to
performance contracting) that Stark has used
four times successfully. With the Add-On
Method, you get your energy saving
equipment at no cost.
We have held conferences on Energy
and other issues that concern
• We have partnered with organizations such
The Office of Energy
Dominion East Ohio Gas
First Merit Bank
Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
Rebuild America (RBA)
The National Center for Appropriate
Oakridge National Labs (ONL)
and a multitude of other organizations, both public and private.
• We are purchasing our gas from an independent
company, and we purchase electricity in New York
for our members there.
What other types of services does
• Some of the services that PHAACO has been
asked to provide are:
• energy auditing,
• utility tracking software,
• utility rate and tariff analysis,
• energy software,
• ESCO advice, and
• energy service contract negotiation company
What other types of services can
PHAACO provide? (cont)
• Purchase of Natural Gas and Electricity
• Engineering Services (HVAC, Electrical)
• Resident Training
• Staff Training
• Electronic Forms Conversion
• Monitoring and Verification Services
• PHAACO can provide assistance relative to
performance contracting, general consulting for
various subjects, and regulation advice
• Because PHAACO consists of different size
HA’s, various needs can be addressed.
Some of the other services that we
would like to provide will be: Cost
Analyses, and General Contracting
• We are considering putting a utility tracking system
on the Web with security features. This will
accomplish 2 objectives:
It will make completing the required HUD forms
Organizations would have instant access to detailed
energy data and reports.
How can you join PHAACO?
There is an application that must be
filled out and signed by the Executive
Director or the person designated to
make such decisions.
Once the application is signed, you are
automatically included into the group.
There are no obligations or
requirements that have to be in place.
• You can end your membership by giving a 30
day written notice.
ARE THERE FUNDING
• There are no funding requirements regarding
membership. It is a free organization. We do
not foresee any membership costs.
How often does PHAACO meet?
•We meet on a quarterly basis. In the past, we
have written grants, to cover the cost of
transportation for those who attend meetings.
How does PHAACO secure funding?
• We have written grants to the Office of Energy
• Another way that we are generating funding is by
receiving reimbursements from new accounts from
our energy broker.
• Since partnering with such diverse groups, we have
learned that there are loans available through the
Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) with
zero to 2% interest rates. Funding is also available
for weatherization efforts.
•These resources could aid in improving housing stock
in residences, PHAs, Colleges and Universities.
What are PHAACO’s goals?
• PHAACO wants to positively impact
perceptions the public has about PHAs.
• We want to partner with other organizations who
share our concerns regarding high energy costs, and
are committed to improving efficiency as a means to a
more cost effective, comfortable environment for it’s
•We want to improve fiscal accountability by
providing solutions to energy problems.
• We are looking to grow and we are pleased
with our progress so far. We have saved lots
of money for the housing authorities that
have participated in PHAACO. Reports are
available to show our savings.
OUR PROGRESS THUS FAR…
HOW DO I CONTACT PHAACO?
2223 Fulton Rd NW # 106
Canton, Ohio 44709
• We will be more effective if we have more
housing authorities and organizations joining
us. We hope that, if you are not already a
member of PHAACO, you will consider
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