At least once a year, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board and the Alexandria City Council meet to discuss the city’s public housing. Although last night’s meeting was scheduled months ago, one of the main topics was concerns about the relocation of James Bland residents due to redevelopment.
Martin Trimble is an organizer with Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement. “This is a farce,” he said of the meeting. “This has not been a fair process. How can you believe things will change in the next phase?”
According to the VOICE website: “The first phase of the relocation included moving 32 families outright, with an additional 20 families downsized to smaller units. Despite the expectations conveyed by ARHA, the timeline for the move was poorly implemented rushing some residents out with as little as 72 hours to get their new keys and complete their move, under threat of eviction. Others have not been reimbursed for their costs and some were even charged additional fees.”