HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Huntsville Housing Authority is scheduled to vote today at noon on the proposed public housing project on Winchester Road.
The Housing Authority is considering building a 40-unit apartment complex for public housing tenants. The complex would be across from the Union Chapel Mission Baptist Church.
A meeting held last Tuesday to discuss the project was met with opposition from many Huntsville residents.
Housing Authority Executive Director Michael Lundy says public comments will be taken into consideration. Lunday says the future residents of Winchester Road apartments would likely be a mix of people wanting to transfer from existing housing developments and families on a waiting list for public housing.
Lundy attempted to address concerns by citing statistics he says show crime at incentive housing sites is generally lower than in surrounding neighborhoods. He attributes that to the fact that the agency pays HPD for extra patrols near public housing. Lundy added the apartments would also have an on-site manager, as well as a one-strike policy.
The Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet at noon today at the Oscar Mason Community Center for the vote.