Maywood Board Officially Recognizes Dissolution Of Housing Authority

The office building that was once the home of the Maywood Housing Authority, which dissolved two years ago. Maywood’s board officially recognized the agency’s dissolution with an ordinance passed on Jan. 18. | File

Sunday, January 23, 2022 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

During a special meeting on Jan. 18, the Maywood village board voted unanimously to pass an ordinance acknowledging the official dissolution of the Maywood Housing Authority (MHA). 

Michael Jurusik, the village’s attorney, said the adoption of the ordinance is a minor housekeeping item that’s required by the state. Jurusik first informed village officials in July 2020 that the long-troubled agency had lost its charter and would be taken over by the Joliet Housing Authority. 

The Maywood Housing Authority had been in serious financial trouble several years before it dissolve. In 2013, the agency’s former executive director, Gwendolyn Robinson, pleaded guilty to theft and official misconduct for stealing more than $400,000 from the authority during her tenure that lasted between May 2006 and November 2009. She was indicted in 2011 and eventually sentenced to six years in prison, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Maywood Housing Authority was primarily responsible for issuing Housing Choice Vouchers for people who need rental assistance. 

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As part of the takeover agreement, the MHA was required in 2020 to transfer its last remaining property, an office building at 801-805 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, over to the Joliet Housing Authority. 

The MHA, which was created by the village of Maywood in 1976, effectively dissolved on June 30, 2020, but village officials never got formal notice of the effective dissolution, Jurusik said. 

“We knew the Joliet Housing Authority took over and assets were transferred over, but it was only recently that we got the paper copy of the dissolution resolution,” he said. “Once that was provided to me prior to the meeting, I packaged it up and put together our resolution. It’s really just a housekeeping item on our part.”  

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