News release from Mayor’s Office:
Mayor Ganim joined mayors from across the country in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting to discuss issues that affect cities in our nation including smart gun technology, reentry affairs, immigration, substance abuse, and housing.
On January 22, Mayor Ganim met with officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to ensure progress with Bridgeport’s public housing complexes such as Greene Homes, Marina Village, and Trumbull Gardens. Specific attention was paid to the commitment to decommission the Greene Homes to provide quality of life and safety improvements for its residents.
Mayor Ganim stated, “The Housing authority is finally having an emergency meeting to submit the application to decommission the Greene homes. That will allow the process to quickly move and the housing authority will relocate Greene home residents into better locations.”
Park City Communities, formerly known as Bridgeport Housing Authority, will initiate the following multi-step process in order to expedite decommissioning of Greene Homes:
1. The BHA Board needs vote to approve submission of the Section 18 Application to HUD for the required a Completeness Review.
2. Upon completion of this review the Section 18 Application is forwarded to the Special Application Center (SAC) in Chicago.
3. The Special Applications Center will conduct a thorough review of the entire application and eventually decide if the decommissioning and subsequent redevelopment of the Greene Homes site with either public or mixed-income housing is the best strategy for improving this area of the City and provide quality housing for our residents.
In a press conference hosted on January 28th to address violence in the city, Bridgeport Housing Authority Commissioner Steve Nelson stated the following, “The Housing Authority is ready and willing to sit down with the City, police department and all agencies to bring peace and prosperity to the city’s public housing. We want to bring in whatever resources necessary to keep the developments safe and provide quality housing for the residents. Housing Authority Commissioners are planning to have an emergency board meeting to develop the best strategy for improving conditions and come up with an effective plan.”