Bridger Recommends Housing Task Force Work On Affordable Housing, Other Issues

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Regional Planning Agency Executive Director on Tuesday recommended the formation of a Housing Task Force to work on providing affordable housing and other issues.

He said main focuses of the task force also would be codes and policies and neighborhood revitalization.

Speaking at the conclusion of a year-long study, Mr. Bridger said thousands of Chattanoogans still struggle with affordable housing, including those displaced from closed public housing developments.

He said the city might adopt some innovative housing solutions, including the idea of allowing accessory apartments in some areas.

He said that would allow an apartment to be built on a house for the owner to obtain extra income and provide living space for a relative.

Another idea is for co-housing, where residents share some common space but also have private quarters.

Another option is quarters that allow live, work and play.

Mr. Bridger said multi-housing developments may be called for along traffic corridors and near high-activity areas.

He said codes enforcement may need to be mobilized for blighted neighborhoods where slum housing detracts from property values - especially when on a street corner.

Mr. Bridger said one possibility to boost affordable housing is for the formation of an Affordable Housing Trust to provide funding. Another is to come up with incentives and fees.

 


Housing Voucher Program Leads To Life-Long Friendship

It was a stroke that took Hazel Husband’s ability to speak in 2014, but she was determined not to let it take her independence. The feisty 73-year-old, who was born in Laurel, Ms., was once a resident of the Chattanooga Housing Authority’s (CHA) Harriet Tubman complex. When it closed in 2012, Ms. Husband, using the CHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program, found a new home in East Chattanooga. ... (click for more)

Real Estate Transfers For Jan. 15-21

NOTICE: The Hamilton County Register’s Office did not publish this data. All information in the Register’s Office is public information as set out in T.C.A. 10-7-503. For questions regarding this report, please call Chattanoogan.com at 423 266-2325. GI numbers, listed when street addresses are not available, refer to the location of transactions (book number and page number) ... (click for more)

6,533 Apply For Chattanooga Housing Authority Voucher Program

The Chattanooga Housing Authority closed its Housing Choice Voucher Program application process Monday at 11:59 p.m. There were 6,533 applicants. CHA will randomly select 1,000 of those names on Monday, for the voucher program waiting list. Anyone who is not selected will need to apply again in the future.  The Housing Choice Voucher program is a federal government program ... (click for more)

Times Free Press Pays Bonuses, Has Layoffs

The Chattanooga Times Free Press told employees on Monday that the newspaper had improved financial performance over the prior year quarters and employees were receiving two percent bonuses. Sources said at the same time, the newspaper announced some layoffs. Those include four people in the newsroom and an unspecified number in other departments. Bruce Hartmann, president, ... (click for more)

We Need The Chattanooga History Center

Having been on several of Dr. Daryl Black's walking tours, I can say that they weren't just informative, but a treat. The downtown, Fort Wood and Ninth Street of yesteryear were brought dramatically to life. We stood on the ground where Sherman had his headquarters (near the Ice Cream Show) and the corner where Bessie Smith sang as a young girl. And we also stood beneath the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Big (Un)Easy: Mardi Gras

Not since Hurricane Katrina has New Orleans had a bigger problem. When over a million visitors flood the city for the annual Mardi Gras bash over the next three weeks, there will be signs all around town and into the French Quarter that blare, “CAUTION: Walk In Large Groups. We (heart symbol) love NOPD. We Just Need More Of Them.” In other words, it appears things are quite unsettled ... (click for more)