FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 27, 2016) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers a High Performer rating with a final score of 97 percent for their Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP).

The SEMAP assessment process enables HUD to better manage the Section 8 tenant-based program by identifying public housing authorities capabilities and deficiencies related to administration of the Section 8 program. As a result, HUD is able to provide more effective program assistance to PHAs.

“We are proud to once again be named a high performer by HUD,” said Marcus D. Goodson, executive director. “We work diligently for the families we provide for and this score is indicative of that hard work.”

SEMAP indicators used for the scoring include selection from waiting list, reasonable rent, determination of adjustment income, utility allowance schedule, expanding housing opportunities, payment standards, timely annual reexamination, correct tenant rent calculations, lease-up, family self-sufficiency and more.

In 2015, HACFM was named Outstanding Agency of the Year by the Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (FAHRO).

The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers serves more than 3,500 families as a catalyst for increasing access to safe, stable and sustainable housing and to help develop, preserve and revitalize communities through affordable rental housing. The agency is dedicated to empowering families with the means to become as self-sufficient as possible through its Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) and HOPE VI Community Supportive Services (CSS) programs, encouraging and facilitating movement toward financial independence beyond the need for HACFM services. The HACFM also aims to instill pride and a desire for an enhanced quality of life for families and serves the greater Fort Myers community in a manner that demonstrates professional courtesy, respect and caring, while recognizing the needs and limitations of the mentally and physically disabled, aged and infirmed.

For more information, call 239-344-3220 or visit www.hacfm.org.