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Letter: CHA director refutes unsafe housing claim

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I am writing in response to the article “New Neighbor” published June 22. I am grateful and appreciative for Habitat for Humanity; I have nothing but respect and admiration for all of the hard work and generosity of the individuals that participate in this program. I am extremely happy for this particular person to be chosen for such a wonderful opportunity and she is very deserving.

The article mentioned that the recipient lives in a Department of Housing and Urban Development house that is old and unfortunately full of mold. It goes on to say that there have been flooding and other issues that have made the home unsafe to live in. I would respectfully disagree with this.

The Housing Choice Voucher program administered by Crawfordsville Housing Authority does not own any units and does not allow clients to live in homes that are full of mold. There have been no flooding or other issues associated with the unit referred to in the article. Units are inspected initially and annually for issues, fail items are addressed with landlords and our landlords make repairs in a timely manner. If a client is unhappy or unsafe in any way then the client is allowed to move to another unit for their good health and safety.

In our community the Housing Choice Voucher Program assists our elderly, disabled, veterans and low-income families. We work hard every day to provide and maintain these individuals with safe, sanitary and affordable housing.

Stacey Doty

Executive Director

Crawfordsville Housing Authority

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