Public housing

Louisville public housing needs immediate overhaul, company says

Some of Louisville’s public housing is so badly in need of work that a private company says it can no longer manage it.

Properties are filled with mold, need new floors and at least one has a failing roof, according to a letter from The CT Groupwhich indicates that the Maryland-based company is terminating its contract with the Louisville Metro Housing Authority to handle 185 units on June 30.

The units, according to the letter, include 65 single-family homes and three multi-family complexes, scattered throughout Jefferson County.

The letter did not indicate the cost of repairing all the properties.

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Two of these complexes came to public attention last fall after residents complained of unsafe conditions and said the company and the housing authority were unresponsive to their concerns.

In October, a power outage at H. Temple Spears led residents to report drainage, safety and other issues at the seniors’ residence near Algonquin Park.

Later that month, The Courier Journal shared complaints from residents of a Berrytown resort, who also experienced mold and drainage issues.

In an April 1 letter, CT Group’s Chuck Tini said he toured the site’s scattered properties with regional manager Kathy Strom and the company’s construction manager.

‘It has become apparent that the current approach to piecemeal and partial renovation efforts does not adequately address the physical issues present, nor best serve our residents,’ its letter states, adding that the properties ‘require redevelopment. immediate and complete.

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The company offered to return the properties to Louisville Metro Housing so it could allocate the money needed to fully repair the units.

A statement from the LMHA says it will work with the CT group on the transition, including notifying affected residents.

The CT Group will continue to manage two major LMHA properties: Liberty Green and Sheppard Square.

A newly formed Louisville tenants union, which promises to defend tenants of LMHA housing, has called on the authority to terminate all contracts with the CT Group and launched a petition calling for Strom to be fired.

At a press conference on Friday, Representative Shemaeka Shaw said the union had received files containing 85 complaints filed against the CT Group and Strom over the past two years.

“They don’t need to work for the Louisville Metro Housing Authority,” said Dominique Harris, a resident of the Berrytown apartments. “They don’t need to represent us.”

Reached by telephone on Monday, Strom referred a journalist to the housing authority.

Contact journalist Bailey Loosemore at [email protected], 502-582-4646 or on Twitter @bloosemore.