What’s New At The Bridgeport Housing Authority?

Jim Miller
Jim Miller, Bridgeport Housing Authority

A lot has been going on at the Bridgeport Housing Authority the past few months: the hiring of interim Executive Director Jim Miller, borrowed from New Haven’s housing authority, a demolition plan for Marina Village in the South End as well as new police patrols. An update from Miller, pulled from the BHA website:

Even before he came on the job the newly appointed temporary Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Bridgeport, Jim Miller addressed the South End Community at the Walters Memorial AME Zion church recently. The hot topics were the demolition of Marina Village, the relocation of its residents and the future of the Marina Village site. Miller and his staff assured residents that demolition will take place in an orderly fashion and the housing needs of each Marina Village resident will be properly addressed.

Miller said some Marina Village residents will relocate to the Broad Street Housing Development just south of the Bluefish baseball stadium as well as to a future development site at the Former Father Panik Village site. He went on to say that all public housing development in Bridgeport from this point on will be mixed use developments which are more successful housing programs. Miller and his staff pointed at projects they have completed in New Haven as examples of how housing can be done right. Critical to the Housing Authority’s South End redevelopment plan is a Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant the Authority will be applying for this spring.

Miller assured those in attendance that he will continue to report back to the community as the Marina Village issue progresses and fully expects to begin construction at the Broad Street Development site within 18 months.

For more: www.bridgeporthousing.org/about/about.html



  1. Didn’t “Speedy” just do a videotape showing the awful conditions at BHA?
    The Bridgeport Housing Authority is a disgrace to American Capitalism and a monument to American socialism. The dreamer in me hopes it gets disbanded tomorrow.
    I am especially resentful of their involvement with the six acres surrounding Harbor Yard. I disapprove of Jim Miller’s tactics, strategies and haberdashery.

  2. I come from the projects. Here’s why mixed-use housing programs have proven to be better than standalone housing projects: as soon as you house a welfare recipient next to a computer programmer, good things start to happen. It’s called subsidy by proximity and it’s upsetting computer programmers nationwide.

  3. The site for this development will be located at the current ferry parking lot (close to harbor yard, train station etc). The issue is this is an active flood zone. The BHA will have the first level as parking. However, this does not address what they will do with families should another hurricane Sandy strike us. This area was flooded for the past two years and people could not access this area for 2-4 weeks. Where will families be placed? A hotel? A separate site? And who will pay for this bill? The city? BHA? The American taxpayer? This will be a very expensive bill when considering inspections, housing displaced families, transportation to move families, legal costs, overtime pay, structural damage, removal of debris and mold. They have also not consulted with the city to determine if the city has the resources (police, firefighters, revenue) to address not only the pre-evacuation costs, but the costs that come after the storm and having 200+ displaced families. This is such a shortsighted plan and will cost us millions should there be a storm/flooding.


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