Housing Authority Looks At Repositioning

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In Tuesday’s Bond County Board meeting, Bond County Housing Authority Chairman Dan Sidwell and Housing Authority Executive Director Claudia Collins told the board that HUD, or Housing and Urban Development, was working to get out of public housing and is encouraging entities to reposition themselves to receive funding by Section 8 with the Department on Housing. Sidwell said the move would eliminate many HUD regulations and make funds coming in more certain.

Sidwell also said the Housing Authority would like to demolish several old facilities around the county and build new ones that would be more energy efficient and cosmetically pleasing in their communities.

If such a move was eventually approved, the Bond County Board would still be the governing board for the Housing Authority.

Board member Gerald “Spanky” McCray voiced concerns about demolishing existing properties, calling it a serious waste. Collins said many of the current facilities are not cost-effective.

Sidwell said if this repositioning occurred it would be a long process, probably taking about 5 years.

Board Chairman Howard Elmore said the first step needed to be discussion with State’s Attorney Dora Mann.

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