Housing board updated on cameras suit

There has been no movement with the Warren County Housing Authority’s lawsuit against ADT TYCO, the security firm contracted to provide and maintain camera systems at one of the authority’s housing sites

Executive Director Tonya Mitchell-Weston told the board of directors during their monthly meeting last Tuesday that the authority’s attorney is working on a formal complaint against the company.

For nearly a year, the security camera system at River View Terrace has been a constant source of problems, requiring maintenance from a company that was contracted by ADT TYCO to install the cameras.

“We paid for the system, comprised of 21 cameras, which took forever to be installed,” said Mitchell-Weston in February. “From the day they were installed, we’ve had problems with them all working at the same time. I think only twice since they were installed have they all worked at the same time and that was only for about a week.”

Occupancy for public housing has been at 97 percent or greater for five consecutive months, said Mitchell-Weston. “That’s awesome.”

Vacant unit turnaround is under 30 days, but utilization of Section 8 housing is low, she said.

“We’ve had an apartment open for a year and a half,” Board President Mike Lewis said. “There’s more apartments than there are tenants.”

“We don’t have enough landlords,” Mitchell-Weston said referencing a program the authority held in July to introduce current and prospective landlords to the housing choice voucher program.

“We did get a nice number, there were only 11, but for us that’s good,” she said. “I’m hopeful we’ll get some new landlords on the program, and that should take care of it.”

There are currently 40 residents on a waiting list for apartments, but Lewis said there aren’t apartments for them that are Section 8 approved.