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Low income housing units approved in Green Township

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority meeting on Thursday The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority meeting on Thursday

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority voted 3-2 to approve low income public housing units in Green Township Thursday morning.

Board Chairman Lamont Taylor cast the final vote granting the approval. 

"The goal is to make sure we break the cycles of poverty, that we don't concentrate poor people in any one given area," says Taylor.

Green Township Trustees say they will fight the decision and plan to opt out of a Cooperation Agreement with Hamilton County.

"We'll fight it. 68 is too much for one community especially in the short time frame they've been discussing," says Dave Linnenberg.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development says Green Township is "first priority" to add units in Hamilton County.

HUD negotiated with CMHA to come up with a comprehensive plan to reduce the amount of CMHA units in Green Township by March 2012.

"68 stands right now as a total, we will only put no more than 32 to 45 public housing units in Green Township, that's our starting point," says Taylor.

The remaining units CMHA says will be "mixed financing" which combines CMHA owned units with market rate and affordable housing.

"If you look at the numbers, while we do have a low group of CMHA owned as so does many other townships and they are targeting us in my opinion specifically because of Arnold Barnett, the past chair of CMHA," says Linnenberg.

Arnold Barnett, a current Green Township home owner, was removed as CMHA Board Chairman two years ago by HUD.

A federal investigation led by HUD determined CMHA, under Barnett's leadership, had unfairly blocked Green Township from receiving public housing.

Currently there are 28 CMHA owned units in the area.

"This issue is not 'Why target Green Township? The issue is why should Green Township be exempt from having it's fair share of public housing?'," says Elizabeth Brown.

Brown is a fair housing advocate and Executive Director of Housing Opportunities Made Equal. She supports the board's decision and thinks Green Township should have equal representation of public housing as other communities within Hamilton County.



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