Galveston Public Housing Redevelopment Issues

Galveston County Daily News

Rhianon Meyers // February 15, 2010
The Galveston Open Government Project, a watchdog group critical of the Galveston Housing Authority, has sent a direct appeal to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, urging him to freeze all federal funding to the agency and order officials to develop a countywide housing authority.

David Stanowski, cofounder of the group, wrote to Secretary Shaun Donovan that the housing authority is violating fair housing laws by concentrating public housing on the island.

Dispersing public housing throughout the more affluent areas of Galveston County, instead of concentrating it in Galveston, will give public housing residents a “better chance to escape from poverty,” he wrote.

“Rebuilding public housing in the only city within Galveston County trapped in a long-term state of decline, and just beginning a multiyear recovery from a hurricane, also forces its tenants to live in the city with the lowest median household income, the highest crime rate, and one of the lowest-rated school systems in the county,” Stanowski wrote.

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