Helene Hanam is running for a seat on the Auburn Housing Authority with a five-year term.
Why are you running to be on the Auburn Housing Authority?
I want to help the seniors in those apartments. All live on limited incomes, and I want to see what I can do for them. We need more senior housing, and I will push for the Julia Bancroft School to become senior housing once it closes.
What will you bring to the Board?
Fairness. I believe in saying and doing what is right, even if it’s not the best for me. I have a lot of insight, and I use common sense when making decisions.
I know the Housing Authority has to work within a budget, but we need to make sure the seniors are treated well. I’ll see that people in housing get treated fairly by making sure the office works for the people, not against them.
What do you perceive to be the major challenges facing the Auburn Housing Authority?
Building maintenance for one. We need to keep these people comfortable. There also has to be fairness in the application acceptance process. It should be transparent.
Money is also an issue, and I will work to get funding from the State and Federal Government including applying for any available grants.
What would you like the voters of Auburn to know about you?
I’ve lived in Auburn for 48 years, and I’m a retiree from the Town of Auburn. I was the Assistant Treasurer and also handled all the health insurance for town employees as well as all the retirees. Helping seniors was my favorite part of the job.