Columbia Housing Authority Meets With Residents

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COLUMBIA --The Columbia Housing Authority, or CHA, met with residents Wednesday night to discuss possible renovations.

CHA CEO Phil Steinhaus says the public housing on Lincoln and Unity Drives were built in the 1950s and are in need of renovations.

"Some of the biggest issues are the lack of energy efficiency. They weren't built with insulation or any insulation in the walls," Steinhaus said.

Michael Pryor is a public housing resident on Lincoln Drive. He recently collected a petition of local residents' signatures in hopes of delaying the renovations.

"When you compare it to third world countries and other places that are terrible, this is like living in heaven," Pryor said.

Pryor says he doesn't know where he and his neighbors would move if displaced by the renovations.

Steinhaus says all public housing residents would receive relocation assistance based on the housing option they select.

  • Residents may accept a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and move permanently.
  • Residents may accept a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and move temporarily until renovations are complete and they are able to move back into their public housing units.
  • Residents may move temporarily to another CHA public housing unit until renovations are complete and they are able to move back into their public housing units.

Steinhaus says CHA has just started the planning process and no decisions have been made. He says he doesn't expect any renovations to begin before 2014.

 

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