Green Twp. (near Cincinnati) declines HUD agreement because it is not fair

In a recent guest column, an official of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development accused Green Township of opposing fair housing (“Localities do harm by opposing public housing,” July 1). Nothing could be farther from the truth. Since 2002, Green Township is one of few local communities to add public housing.

Green Township hosts a total of 105 public housing and Section 8 units. Only five of Hamilton County’s 48 suburbs have more publicly-owned housing than Green Township. Green Township has done, and will continue to do its share.

This saga began when HUD alleged that the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) acted discriminatorily when selecting locations for new publicly-owned housing. There was never an accusation against Green Township. Green Township only became involved when HUD required additional publicly owned housing in Green Township as “cooperation” from CMHA.

The unanswerable question is: Why Green Township?

HUD is a powerful branch of the federal government created to encourage fairness. Green Township has been and remains supportive of fairness. Green Township only asks that HUD practices fairness. It is utterly unfair that Green Township has been targeted for additional public housing because of alleged misconduct by CMHA. Green Township is not opposed to additional public housing per se, only being singled out for someone else’s alleged misconduct.



About Bob Voelker

Vice President and General Counsel, StreetLights Residential - Building Places that Life the Human Spirit.
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