Huntsville Housing Authority forming advisory council to provide guidance on property purchases

The Huntsville Housing Authority’s future property purchases will be vetted by an affordable housing advisory council comprised of business leaders, clergy and others. Executive Director Michael Lundy has invited 17 people to serve on the volunteer group. Their role, said Lundy, will be to provide “rational feedback” when the housing authority is thinking of converting a house, duplex or small apartment building into public housing. That approach was missing when the housing authority purchased Stone Manor apartments in 2009 without first alerting the neighbors or elected officials. The creation of the first permanent public housing south of downtown ignited a firestorm of protest and led to passage of Alabama Senate Bill 205, which requires the authority to publicly disclose its property purchase plans before signing a binding contract.


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