published Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Feds OK sale of CHA Harriet Tubman Development site in Chattanooga

by Naomi Jagoda
A row of boarded-up, vacant apartments line Heaton Street in the Harriet Tubman housing development in this file photo.
A row of boarded-up, vacant apartments line Heaton Street in the Harriet Tubman housing development in this file photo.
Photo by John Rawlston.
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The Chattanooga Housing Authority can go forward with phasing down and selling the Harriet Tubman Development site.

CHA announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has given the agency permission to abandon the public housing complex.

Current Harriet Tubman residents, who occupy 254 of the development's 440 units, are expected to have the choice of either moving to another CHA development or receiving a Section 8 voucher. They will get relocation notices starting sometime after the new year, CHA Executive Director Betsy McCright said in a news release.

Officials with CHA will help residents with the relocation process through individual and group meetings and through relocation funds, McCright said.

CHA is interested in selling Harriet Tubman, the second-largest public housing development in Chattanooga, because maintenance costs are too high, said Eddie Holmes, chairman of CHA's board.

"[Residents have] known that this day was coming," he said.

Holmes thinks there will be some interest in the property when it is put up for sale.

"We can't even afford to demolish," he said.

The relocation could take several months or up to a year to finish, McCright said.

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Emersization said...

Yes, I agree with this move 100%, but I also feel Section 8 rent vouchers should be given out to needy families that need genuine help!

December 14, 2011 at 3:07 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

Why...all of a sudden...are they selling low income housing? Who would buy it?

December 29, 2011 at 12:07 a.m.
SavartiTN said...

An earlier article said that it would take $33 million to fix the place up and the CHA can't afford it. If they are going to just give handouts then why not buy each of the families a new home? I mean, 33 million divided by 254 families is about $130,000 each. So the government could just give the money away and buy homes. They are just giving it away anyway. Then, you turn the home over to the tenant and walk away. That would save millions in maintenance and staff salaries. Wait! That makes too much sense.

December 29, 2011 at 12:12 a.m.
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