Demand for Housing Could Affect Existing Organizations
The tight space may put some office tenants out on the street. Almeta Crayton, First Ward Council Woman, started the successful Neighborhood Resource Center back in 2000. After years of helping neighbors, she now fears The Columbia Housing Authority will ask her to vacate.
"Folk in the neighborhood said they were coming in and out of here with a key. Look, I don't have anything to hide. We are open to the public. I am an open person," Crayton said.
Last year, the sidewalk outside Crayton's center was full of people in line waiting for Thanksgiving dinner baskets. But this year Almeta is afraid she won't even have a place to give them out.
The Housing Authority has about 200 families on a waiting list for only 10 units. So, the Authority wants any organizations occupying units to file monthly reports.The Housing Authority Commission will look over these new monthly reports and will decide about changes.
The Housing Authority hasn't decided what to do with Crayton's organization yet. If the authority does evict the group, it won't be for at least a few months.
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