Huntington Housing Authority seeks feedback on 5-year plan
HUNTINGTON - The Huntington Housing Authority is seeking feedback on a proposed comprehensive plan that outlines its goals and needs for the next five years.
A public hearing to discuss the plan will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Housing Authority’s main office at 300 West 7th Ave.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires qualified housing agencies to submit a plan every fifth fiscal year, which begins July 1 in Huntington.
Among the Housing Authority’s proposed activities is implementation of a non-smoking policy for its properties and a desire to redevelop a former Fairfield housing complex.
As part of a federal mandate, the Housing Authority will work to educate staff and tenants on the “smoke free” policy on all its properties beginning July 1. The Housing Authority is working with local and state health departments to provide resources during the transition period, according to the proposed plan.
The Housing Authority also wants to redevelop approximately 3 acres of property that was the former location of the Northcott Court apartments, which were demolished in 2017. The property has been identified in a city-led plan to revitalize the Fairfield neighborhood, which does not have quick access to a grocery store or market. The city of Huntington was recently awarded a $350,000 federal grant to develop a plan to enhance opportunities in the neighborhood. Creating a grocery store or market has been a top priority in those discussions and the former Northcott Court property could be used for that purpose, according to the Housing Authority.
Among the Housing Authority’s other outlined goals are increasing access to affordable housing, improving the quality of assisted housing, increasing housing choices, improving the quality of life and ensuring equal opportunities for all.
The proposed plan may be viewed by visiting www.HuntingtonHousing.com. A draft copy is also available at each of the Housing Authority’s housing communities.
Travis Crum is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He may be reached by phone at 304-526-2801.