The Huntsville Housing Authority is sitting on a cool $5 million after selling Councill Courts properties. Now they’re searching for new public housing opportunities, and advice from city leaders.
The HHA hasinvited 17 community leaders, from elected officials, ministers, and neighborhood association presidents to serve on the council.
They won’t have any authority over the HHA’s decisions, but will have their say.
“I expect we’ll get advice, questions, comments, and some constructive criticism,” said Wendy Reeves, a spokeswoman for the housing authority. “They will be there to help advise and give us guidance as we go through the process.”
The HHA has nearly 1,000 people on the waiting list for housing, as they try to get away from the concentrated brick building complexes that have become easily identified as public housing in any city.
Reeves says the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that they deconcentrate public housing. Now they’re looking to provide homes, duplexes, and apartments as public housing.
The HHA is awaiting a response from the 17 members they invited to sit on the council. Reeves says they have implemented temporary advisory councils in the past, but this will be the first volunteer council.