The number of public housing units in Chattanooga has shrunk from 3,692 in 1999 to 2,952 in 2011. This comes on the heels of a struggling economy and un-employement continuing to hover at 8.5%. Residents need safe, affordable housing more than ever. As the Chattanooga Housing Authority has moved to a mixed-income model that makes only part of its stock available for public housing the demand for public housing has continued to grow.
“Due to insufficient funding in the past few years, several public housing complexes are in severe need of either complete modernization or demolition and replacement,” the plan says. “Without additional capital funding from [the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development] or other leveraged support to address capital needs, the CHA will be unable to keep pace with this growing demand.”
The growing need for affordable housing is something that has to continue to be addressed by both federal and state governments. We as citizens need to continue to push our legislators to support public housing or low income families will continue to have a difficult time finding both safe and affordable housing.