Conflict escalates between city officials and Jackson Housing Commission Board

Jun 21, 2013

In Jackson, conflict is escalating between public housing residents and the local housing commission board.  This week, the Jackson Housing Commission board appointed its fourth interim executive director since March.  One former interim resigned, accusing the board of creating a hostile work environment.  Another was terminated after less than three months on the job, and still another was released from his contract this week after just eight days. The residents say instability on the board makes them fearful for their homes.  The issue has even caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which threatened to pull the commission’s funding.

 Will Forgrave is the MLive reporter for Jackson. Jason Smith is a Jackson mayoral candidate and filmmaker who's been documenting the issues.  They both joined Current State to discuss what's behind the conflict.