If the two proposed sites for public housing at Cedar Terrace and Magnolia Homes fail to comply with fair housing laws, then how can 529 units of public housing scattered throughout neighborhoods do otherwise? That is what some are apparently claiming.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent statistics, all but three census tracts in Galveston already exceed the level of poverty and segregation sought by HUD for public housing. Building 529 units on top of that will only exacerbate the situation. The fact that $3.1 billion in disaster aid is riding on it as a result of the conciliation agreement does not make it right.
In the last Galveston city election, five people were elected on their promise to fight this flawed public housing plan. Only two delivered: Norman Pappous and Elizabeth Beeton. That is called integrity. Fortunately for Galveston, Norm is running for re-election in District 4 and, after three valuable terms on council, Elizabeth is running for mayor. If you value honesty in government, vote for them on May 10.