Tuesday, July 10, 2012

What exactly is the PHA doing about crime and safety

There is a great deal of the crime happening in Peoria's housing projects (Taft Homes, RiverWest, Harrison Homes), Section 8 properties and scattered site housing areas. These are all housing types that are managed by the Peoria Housing Authority (PHA).

As we continue to hear about crime throughout the city on PHA property or involving PHA residents, I began to wonder what exactly is the PHA, as a management company, doing about crime to make the clients who do abide by the law safe. Are they going into their pockets to provide extra security? Are they updating their No Trespass List on the regular and expunging old information?

I went to the website, hoping to take a look at the minutes of the Peoria Housing Authority Board to see how they are currently addressing these issues. Unfortunately, the last minutes from a Peoria Housing Authority Board meeting published on the Internet are dated March 28, 2011. The minutes are shown at the bottom of this post, notice there is no mention of crime, security or safety, even though the following was happening at the time...

I took a look at the Trespass List after Elaine Hopkins posted about it and made the following observations: 

                         

Apparently there are names on the list of several people who are now deceased. There are names of people on the list who have children named after them - but there is no distinction as to age, or any descriptors other than M/B or F/B (black male or black female). The lack of updating of the list would seem to indicate that there is no dedicated knowledgeable security person working with the the Housing Authority.

Remember this article in the local newspaper talking about the Housing Authority buying security cameras? If they purchased security cameras, how come they aren't solving more of their own crimes? If they got the grant in October of 2010, they should have had the cameras in July of 2011 - how come they didn't have more information about exactly who had fireworks and was starting trouble?

What I did notice from the minutes of the Peoria Housing Authority Board is that there is a lot of discussion about getting money from the government and spending money (tax dollars), but there is little to no discussion about safety or quality of life of the people who reside on the properties.
Peoria Housing Authority Board Minutes

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

It would appear they have adopted the same strategy as the city of Peoria. Make it appear you may be doing something, but actually are doing nothing. The council invested in cameras that they don't bother to look at. buying more tools is useless if they are not used. The residents bear a significant amount of responsiblity. If it is your relatives, friends, and family that cause the problems then it is your responsibility to do something about it. Tell them they are not welcome because of their behavior. Harsh, but can be effective. If nothing else, if you are respected among that group then at lease the nonsense isn't occuring in and around your doorstep.

disgusted taxpayer said...

PHA receives millions of dollars and they waste it away . The taxpayers and the Mayor, who appoints the board, should hold them more acoountable. The fact that the website is so out of date is ridiculous. PHA rarely talks substance but you bet they have a fluff piece on the news every other week. Damn the cookouts and the face painting, protect your residents.

John said...

I wish they would put a time limit on the number of years one can live in subsidized housing. There was a woman on the CBS news the other night saying she "had 45 years invested here". That's not the point of government housing, and never has been. We could probably get rid of Taft all together if they booted people after 5 years.

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Anonymous said...

Why can't the people who live there behave on their own? Drug test all the people living in these places and if they don't pass, GET OUT!

Anonymous said...

Or, if they continually have undesirables at their apartment, evict them. Any problems where the police have to intervene, you're out. Very easy, if they are living it up on MY DIME, I have a say so!

Anonymous said...

wow you removed my post does the truth hurt? you cant hide from it. It is what it is If these people keep acting the way they do the National Guard will be there doing all the things i mentioned. Hide it all you want the day is coming.

Emerge Peoria said...

The "truth" doesn't have to include name calling or stereotyping.

Anonymous said...

its not stereotyping if its in a police report.

Anonymous said...

Back to Emerge's post, what is PHA doing? They receive millions of dollars. What do they do with it? My opinion,not much.

Emerge Peoria said...

I notice police have been trying to get a suicidal male out of a house in North Peoria. His wife tried to get the gun away from him, her and the kids got out safe. The police have the megaphone, the surrounding streets barricaded off and all that, they have been watching him in the house for about the last 2 1/2 hours. Do you think he should be drug tested and kicked out of the suburbs if he doesn't pass?