UTICA, N.Y. -- Tuesday, Utica Mayor Rob Palmieri announced the city's new Housing Quality Task Force.
The overall goal for this task force is to provide quality, safe, and affordable housing for residents in the city of Utica.
Utica officials decided to put together a task force because of recent situations in the city, like the living conditions at the Olbiston apartments on Genesee Street and the conditions at the Michael Walsh apartments.
The conditions inside the Olbiston apartments were part of the reason the mayor reached out and collaborated with the county executive, community leaders, and local housing experts.
The mayor says the task force will focus on proactive identification and monitoring multiple dwelling rental housings considered to be at risk and develop emergency response implementation for residents when necessary.
The task force consists of Utica Fire Department, the Utica police department, the Oneida County Office of the Aging, the Oneida County Department of Social Services, representatives with Section 8, municipal housing, the codes department, United Way, and CNY services.
Palmieri says putting together this task force is long overdue. The mayor says the housing quality task force will meet regularly.