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Pike County Commission rejects housing request

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 9:42 pm

By Emily Harrelson
Bowling Green Times

The Pike County commissioners recently rejected an idea regarding Section 8 housing which claimed it would better serve the housing needs of Pike County and the surrounding area in addition to generating a considerable amount of revenue.
Allen Chandler of the Vandalia Housing Authority and Kim Holmes of Bowling Green Public Housing approached the Pike County Commissioners  on March 1 with a proposal to take over the Section 8 vouchers for Pike County, Vandalia, and Farber, essentially consolidating the Bowling Green and Vandalia Housing Authorities.
The commissioners are in an indefinite contract with Northeast Community Action Corporation (NECAC) to administer Section 8 vouchers. NECAC brought the Section 8 program into the community in the 1970’s.
“We were looking to help at minimum an additional 50 families and bring $200,000 into Pike County,” Chandler said.
Chandler and Holmes claimed their proposal would better meet the housing needs of Pike and eastern Audrain County  citizens.
Holmes noted, “NECAC has one waiting list for 11 counties.  There’s no getting around that. We would have one waiting list for  Pike County, Vandalia, and Farber that would be open all the time.”
However, the two were informed that their proposal had been rejected.
Chandler said he did not feel their idea was given a good reason why it was turned down.

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