Green Township in Hamilton County is fighting a government proposal to add nearly 70 public housing units in the surrounding neighborhoods. Green Township trustees say the area is being targeted for unfair reasons and it already has plenty of public housing.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development says Green Township is "first priority" to add at least 68 units in Hamilton County. Nearly everyone FOX19 spoke to in Green Township was against the idea, with one woman saying public housing leads to crime and people do not take care of the property.
Green Township trustees say the idea does not fit the community.
"We're not built to have a lot of public housing, we already have a lot of small single families that were supposed to be starter homes that are currently are not being used as starter homes, are being used as rentals, our goal is to have more home ownership in this township, our goal is to have more people who want to be involved," said Green Township trustee Dave Linnenberg.
Linnenberg says the township is under the magnifying glass because for the past two years the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority has denied public housing in the area under the leadership of Arnold Barnett, former board chairman and Green Township resident.
The Housing Authority said no to an on-camera interview and released this statement to FOX19:
CMHA is still in negotiations with HUD in regards to a voluntary compliance agreement.
The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority is expected to vote on the proposal Thursday morning.
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