• Do you think we have a housing shortage? 
  • If so, who does it affect and how do you think the Commission should address it?
City Commission
Seat 1

Jack Porter

We have an affordable low-income housing shortage. Low-income and middle-income people are most affected. However, we should not overreact and build-build-build, adding to sprawl is not the answer. We should incentivize building affordable residential such as tri and quadraplexes that lower the cost per unit.

We should make it possible for every-day citizens to build and not just large developers like Ghazvini and Premier Homes. We need to clearly define the zoning districts so citizens can decide where they want to live and know what to expect without uses being changed altering the character of neighborhoods. We should incentivize smart development and focus on building more affordable housing and refurbishing blighted and vacant homes.

Louis Dilbert

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Rudy Ferguson, Sr.

WEBSITE PLACEHOLDER

Seat 2

Dot Inman-Johnson

There is no housing shortage. Most of our building projects are directed toward new student housing. Student housing developments have virtually taken over Frenchtown, which was once a bustling and thriving black community. Now Economy Drugs is the last business standing. The City devoted little to re-invigorate and revitalize the area, and instead they supported student housing encroachment into Frenchtown. We need workforce housing, but the City follows the money. Why don’t we use our funding and grants for affordable rental housing instead – we could provide incentives for developers to build quality affordable rental units. We are told that most of the trust fund money must be spent on owner-occupied housing- if so, then staff needs to think outside of the box find funding sources that can used where it is really needed.

The City should work with groups such as the French Town Improvement Authority to provide needed affordable rental housing and needed services and assistance.

Donna Nyak

WEBSITE PLACEHOLDER

Curtis Richardson

WEBSITE PLACEHOLDER

Bernard Stevens, Jr.

WEBSITE PLACEHOLDER

County Commission
Group 1 – At Large

Carolyn Cummings

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David T Hawkins

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District 4

Brian Welch

WEBSITE PLACEHOLDER

Isaac Montilla

WEBSITE PLACEHOLDER