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The Dispatch wroteCity moving on plan to raze housing projects

Saturday, November 15, 2008

BY RITA PRICE

The first wave of a massive relocation project for public-housing residents likely will begin in the spring. Federal housing officials have approved most of the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority’s five-year plan to tear down the city’s oldest and largest public-housing communities.

Dennis Guest, CMHA executive director, still awaits final word that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide enough Section 8 vouchers for residents to rent on the private market. HUD also wants CMHA to first offer two large complexes, Lincoln Park and Marion Square, for sale.

The move away from publicly owned housing is playing out across the nation as housing authorities are starved of the money they need to maintain and repair properties.

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