Park Avenue Residents' Concerns
The focus of the meeting was determining if CHA residents will move back into updated or demolished and rebuilt houses on Columbia's Park Avenue.
Neighbors aren't sure who to believe.
"They're tearing down public housing," complained resident Courtney McCoy. "And, instead of building proper housing for people, what they're doing is they're removing them from the house, and putting other types of income in."
McCoy worries the CHA is only disrupting communities, not listening to the root of their problems:
"People needing jobs, transportation, child care, health care."
Experts on low-income housing are concerned about communities having no voice.
Joseph Heathcott, a St. Louis public housing expert, says Park Avenue neighbors should work together as a team, and demand answers from the housing authority.
"The major goal for housing renovations should be for participation of people who are affected by the policies," he said.
At least 400 families are on Columbia's public housing waiting list. Many are waiting for answers about their next move.
The public housing list is divided according to location and number of bedrooms.
The CHA puts applicants on the appropriate list according to needs and qualifications.