Housing Authority restructures with 18 layoffs, some rehirings

August 29, 2002|By Tom Pelton | Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF

The city Housing Authority city has sent out 18 layoff notices as part of a restructuring effort to improve the department's efficiency, officials said yesterday.

The authority plans to rehire many workers in the next two months. But the department will save about $100,000 by eliminating one management position in the public housing section, said Paul T. Graziano, the housing commissioner.

All 18 employees will have to reapply for redesigned positions, and not all of them will necessarily be rehired. Some current employees might be replaced by applicants from outside the agency, Graziano said.

The layoffs affect the authority's public information office, where all nine employees will have to reapply for their jobs; the ombudsman's office, which provides services for people displaced during crises, where five people will have to reapply; and the management department in the public housing section, where four managers will have to apply for three positions.

The most recent notices were sent out Monday. Others were sent out Aug. 15 and late last month, officials said.

Graziano said he hopes the changes will improve the department's efficiency and communication, internally and for city residents.

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