It’s notorious, dangerous, unhealthy and prison-like. Mayor Joe Ganim and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal on Friday announced that they are urging the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to decommission the Charles F. Greene Homes in the Hollow so the public housing units can be demolished and new housing opportunities available to its residents similar to what is occurring at Marina Village in the South End.
Ganim announced the city is working in partnership with Park City Communities, the former Bridgeport Housing Authority, to vacate the public housing complex due to challenging living conditions, violence and damaged elevators that prevent many residents, especially the disabled, from leaving their homes.
“The living conditions at Greene Homes are unacceptable,” said Ganim in a statement. “I made a commitment to improving the quality of life and public housing in Bridgeport and sometimes that means building, but in this instance, it means tearing down. I have fought for the Bridgeport residents who have lived in these unsuitable conditions for a long time. Our residents deserve a clean and safe place to call home for their children and families.”
Park City Communities Board of Commissioners Chair Cowlis Andrews added, “The tenants of the Bridgeport Housing Authority have a right to first class, safe and sanitary housing. The Board will focus to make this a reality and work with the city to accomplish it for the residents of Greene Homes.”
City Councilman Alfredo Castillo, a liaison to Park City Communities Board, said, “For so many years, elected officials and community leaders have argued that the people of the Greene Homes deserve better than their current living conditions. I fully support the efforts being made by the Mayor and Park City Communities to decommission Greene Homes and work towards the development of better public housing in Bridgeport.”
Ganim and Park City Communities are working together to procure a firm with expertise to handle the decommissioning application. This request for proposals was made available last week. Proposals from experienced and qualified firms are due to the Purchasing Office, Margaret E. Morton Government Center, 999 Broad St., Bridgeport, CT by 2:00 p.m. on December 6th.