Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Vacancies .... Where?

There's been a lot of buzz on this blog about who will buy market rate units in a mixed-income redevelopment of ARHA properties like James Bland and Andrew Adkins.

But here's something to think about: who will occupy the public housing units?

The Growler recently learned from figures prominent in the long Chatham Square saga that even as the market rate homes sold out at the former Berg public housing project, ARHA had great difficulty finding any tenants to move back into the award-winning project's public housing units.

Why? Many former Berg tenants drifted away and found other accommodations. Others did not pass the screening standards required to return. Some with problem children shunned the offer, fearing their housing situation might be jeopardized by their offsprings' misbehavior under the "one strike, you're out" rule. And some simply didn't want to live in a redeveloped project or in a mixed income community.