Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Layoffs Worry Those in Public Housing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Layoffs Worry Those in Public Housing

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Arunice Sharpe wants her toilet fixed as soon as the flush fails, not days later. Sharpe, a 21-year resident of Carr Square, is worried that maintenance layoffs in housing developments might slow down response time.

The St. Louis Housing Authority will lay off 30 employees today, after a 4 percent decrease by the federal government in the agency's operating subsidy. One-third of the layoffs are at the managerial level; two-thirds are maintenance and security workers. The new operating budget for the 1996 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, is $10,732,564.

Janice Washington, the Housing Authority's interim director, believes there will be no ill effect on resident services. The Housing Authority doesn't need as many custodians as it needed in the past, she says, because the Blumeyer development will now provide its own. Tenants will now be managing the Blumeyer development. The Housing Authority will keep providing security.

Security is already weak in housing developments, says Henrietta Woods, who left the Park View development a few weeks ago after living there seven years. …

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