Gary public housing forums with HUD Wednesday
By Carole Carlson email@example.com/302-0949 August 5, 2013 7:52PM
Updated: September 7, 2013 6:25AM
GARY — Three public meetings will be held Wednesday as Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and federal officials meet with Gary Housing Authority residents to detail how a new partnership will work between the city and the U.S. Housing and Urban Development, which is now managing the city’s nine public housing centers.
Freeman-Wilson announced last week that HUD was taking over management of the troubled housing centers in the wake of financial mismanagement, maintenance problems that include infestations of bed bugs and issues getting units filled.
About 3,000 people live in the city’s nine public housing centers, which include five senior high rise centers.
Wednesday’s meetings are from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Genesis Towers, 578 Broadway; noon to 1:30 p.m. At New Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 1917 Carolina St. and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. At The Center, 1845 W. 37th Ave.
HUD has named the public housing director of its Detroit field office to serve as executive director.
The Gary Housing Authority’s has been managed by a private operator and by the city, but still hasn’t improved operations.