Formal complaint filed against Wilmington Housing Authority

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Submitted: Tue, 12/17/2013 - 3:16am
Updated: Tue, 12/17/2013 - 9:13am

WILMINGTON, NC, (WWAY) — A formal complaint was filed with Attorney General Roy Cooper's office Monday against the Wilmington Housing Authority regarding lack of access to public records.

Former City Council candidate Napier Fuller filed the complaint regarding the lack of access to public records held at the WHA. Fuller wanted records about the public safety statistics after the Creekwood Deputy shooting.

"I think it is definitely of public interest when we had a police officer shot their to see what is going on," said Fuller.

Fuller said he has been trying since October to research the amount of evictions WHA has pursued against tenants involved with criminal activity. Fuller wanted more information so he could write an editorial ahead of the municipal elections. Seven weeks later, he said he had no answers, despite numerous public record requests with WHA officials.

Wilmington Housing Authority says it is a process that takes time.

"There is not a lack of access to public records. It is just that it takes a long time," said WHA Interim CEO Vernice Hamilton. "It is not something you can just go and extract."

Hamilton also says most of the crime that is committed in public housing is not by public housing residents. WHA is building a new supportive housing community for people with special needs and disablities over the next six months.




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11 Comments on "Formal complaint filed against Wilmington Housing Authority"

2015 years 8 months ago

you sound like those Democrats who got all up in arms when Clinton proposed a 2 year limitation for entitlement recipients during his first 100 days in office.

How many baby makers, with 3 or more offspring, live in public housing and their only source of revenue is various funds paid them to rear the children. Funds from Social Security or some other form of taxpayer funded program?

Take the blinders off.

Heck, you have more than enough government role in every taxpayer. Time for people to lift the veil of social rightness and allow some of that activity to trickle down to the entitlement recipients.

2015 years 8 months ago

While each state can set it definition of income it appears as though government assistance from other programs is not considered “income”.

BTW I applauded Clintons proposal for limits and welfare to work program – too bad the Dems ruined it with exclusions.
And accusing me of sounding like a DEM is a disingenuous argument at best.
I agree with almost everything stated in the posts above – I just wanted to point out to you that work (income) is required for Sect 8 housing assistance.
And “assistance” is not considered income…

2015 years 8 months ago

I have been voicing those sentiments for 3 or 4 years. I think I started about the time WWAY attended an open house for a new project which included stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.

Unless there is a physical disability, every adult resident should be required to put in 20 hours per week, every week. You don’t need special training to pick up trash, rake leaves, or push a lawn mower or broom.

And, frankly, someone should go through the parking lot and check registration on luxury/high dollar vehicles.

And, regardless of ordinance, a 10:00 PM curfew for school age residents unless at a school function or a part time job.

2015 years 8 months ago

I thought that Sect 8 housing allowance was based upon a percentage of INCOME – meaning they DO work.
Of course where they work is another story altogether but when I see WalMart putting out publications for their employees on how to fill out food stamp vouchers because THEY QUALIFY for them based upon the starting wages WalMart pays then one has to wonder if in fact corporate America wants a certain % of the population to remain poor and they WANT those entitlements so THEY won’t have to pay a decent wage to their employees. IT’s the same with illegal immigration – farmers WANT those illegals to be able to work for less than minimum wage they NEED those workers and the government encourages them with programs like H2A. This is exactly why we have so much gnashing of teeth in D.C. – they KNOW we need a certain number of people willing to do jobs Americans aren’t willing to do and they know their donors WANT to pay less than minimum to illegals so they won’t have to pay Americans a better wage to do the same work.
We set this up ourselves and allowed Corporate America to promulgate laws – by buying off politicians- that positively affect THEIR bottom line.
But as far as public housing is concerned I do believe one of the qualifiers is INCOME……
Now for the rest? Bad family members? Yep I agree – punish the family. As to whether they should help maintain the property? Yep agree there too (to a point). Curfew? Oh yeah and it should be city wide not JUST for public housing (with exceptions for work and school, and school type events).
But by implementing this you are expanding the role of government in everyone’s lives – and that should be an anathema to everyone.


2015 years 8 months ago

this lone individual is forced to act without media support. Two television outlets and the Star News. Yet only he could take this important issue to a higher level.

Want to bet records will reveal WHA does next to nothing to force criminals and law breakers off the ranch?

Someone earlier noted the Board and management should be required to live in one of the projects to get a first hand look and perhaps get some motivation to make conditions better.

While you’re at it, why not get social services involved? Why not force them to develop plans, for each resident who has been in residence for 2 years or longer, which will cause them to become financially independent and move into non-public housing?

Why not develop plans so the baby makers aren’t residing with a dozen or more family members in a 4 bedroom unit which is the largest available?

WHA Board and Management — why not do more than hide the records and sit in cloistered offices?

2015 years 8 months ago

Like you, I suspect they’ve done very little except to provide some lip service on these issues. They’re so generically non-responsive, they even waited until their past CEO had yet a second very public massive DUI before they released him due to public pressure. The only big idea this board has ever come up with is a plan to throw another 30 million dollars into Hillcrest for a pie-in-the-sky mixed use plan.

Seems like the only thing they’ve really been proactive about is trying to avoid that dreaded oxymoron “government accountability”.

Time to throw the bums out and put a real board in. Of course, with the the city of Wilmington being the benchmark for the way politics works around here, I wouldn’t count on that happening.

2015 years 8 months ago

some random thoughts:
Indeed I think you are right that WHA doesn’t do enough but which rules do they follow? It’s not quite a city department, but it more resembles a federal agency. This gray area needs to be addressed for sure.

Housing vouchers are based upon income so these folks do work – their guests are another story altogether. Perhaps raising the minimum wage would kick some of these folks out of public housing and off of food stamps. (Yeah I know..)

The board should not live in Public housing – I will disagree with this sentiment. Most community managers are not required to do so in the private sector so I don’t think its a good idea here. These folks are so far removed from the day to day operations there would be no benefit for them to live there. (they are political appointees, get no compensation and have other jobs).

Hiding records? Are they federal or city records? Answer that and we may be able to find out why they are so hard to get


2015 years 8 months ago

Your very correct

2015 years 8 months ago

7 weeks is pathetic.

2015 years 8 months ago

If not in school or working full time, you have to work along side the maintenance crews cutting grass, picking up trash, painting, working on heat/AC, plumbing, electrical and basic carpentry repairs. Then when they see somebody spray painting a wall they just painted and will now have to repaint, they might start “seeing” what happens in their community.

Anybody living in public housing convicted of a crime, everybody living in that unit will be evicted and cut off from the gravy train. Then maybe parents will start to act like parents if they know Jr could get them kicked out.

Currently there is no incentive not to tear up the place or act like a fool because somebody else will fix whatever is broken and no fear of being cut off.

I Care Why
2015 years 8 months ago

I think they should require anybody living off the government either be employed full time or be in school full time and have term limits on any government program.