Although AHA consultant Patrice McGinn ran most of an Aurora Housing Authority community forum Thursday night, Mayor Tom Weisner had a question for the seven members of the Housing Authority Board alone, not the professionals around them, he said.“Is it your intention to move forward the project as described, or will you stop the freight train and slow down and have a sincere dialogue with the community?” Weisner asked. “You can’t do both and have the confidence of this community.”
About 100 residents and officials came out to address the Housing Authority board, AHA staff and the developers tapped to possibly redevelop housing at the Jericho Circle site. About a half dozen Jericho Circle residents were also at the meeting at Centennial House, 1630 W. Plum St.
Weisner said he would give the board a day or two to consider his question before expecting an answer.
AHA Executive Director Jean Federman said Thursday night that buying up the city’s used housing stock wasn’t a financially possible option for the Housing Authority. She told residents that more housing vouchers wasn’t an option either, as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development hasn’t made vouchers available for more than 10 years.
“The AHA has a legal obligation to further fair housing in Aurora. We want to work with the community to do that, but we do have an obligation,” Federman said.
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