Hamilton Co. public housing expansion approval likely this week

CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) will know by the end of the week how much it will expand its public housing in Hamilton County to settle a discrimination finding with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

A Voluntary Compliance Agreement (VCA) is expected to be signed between CHMA and HUD that will stipulate where some of the housing will be located.

HUD found that CMHA failed to put public housing units that it owns in numerous Hamilton County communities, including Green Township, where the agency's former board chairman lives.

Green Township currently has 27 CHMA-owned units within its borders, but may be required to add more as a provision of the settlement.

Also this week, Hamilton County Commissioners are expected to approve a Cooperation Agreement with CMHA that will add 375 public housing units to the 482 already in suburban communities.

Scheduled meetings include...

MONDAY - June 6
--11 a.m. - Hamilton County Commissioners staff meeting
- Cooperation agreement to be discussed

--11 a.m. - Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority special board meeting
- Executive session to discuss voluntary compliance agreement

WEDNESDAY - June 8
--11 a.m. - Hamilton County Commissioners regular meeting
- Cooperation agreement approval expected

THURSDAY - June 9
--9 a.m. - Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority regular board meeting
- Approval expected on voluntary compliance agreement

The cooperation agreement does not affect the City of Cincinnati, which has 5,269 public housing units.

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