Lincoln and Unity Drives Public Housing Renovation Could be Delayed

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Housing Authority Board meets Tuesday night to discuss possible new housing locations, but a local group could change the adgenda.  The Grass Roots Organization, GRO, will present a petition from Lincoln and Unity Drives Public Housing Families and Community Members to possibly delay the renovations. 

That petition is signed by 40 of the 64 households.  Janette Keeler, a member of the community, said "GRO went door to door telling us that we would be kicked out on the streets." GRO officials deny they have ever told residents they would face eviction.

Columbia Public Housing CEO Phil Steinhaus agreed that the 50-year-old buildings need to be renovated.  "We are trying to keep the community informed about the changes that could be going on," said Steinhaus. 

Currently, empty apartments on Lincoln and Unity Drives are being renovated but have not displaced anyone.

Columbia Public Housing and GRO are having a meeting Wednesday at the Columbia Labor Temple at 6:30 PM, to discuss the questions community members have.