Last summer, City of DeKalb did a favor for the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb (HACD) by approving a plan to make a segment of North Sixth Street one-way to relieve the housing authority’s parking problem.
Mind you, there’s no evidence of any parking issue. Meeting minutes and requests for information turned up no documentation of HACD’s board tackling anything of the sort. What’s more, had a real problem existed, the housing authority should have taken it up with the county, not the city. The DeKalb County Board is the appointive body and it follows they must have the supervisory and support responsibilities as well.
So why didn’t HACD use proper channels and procedures? In my opinion, it was a flex, a show of clout generated by family and business ties between appointed and elected officers of the housing authority and the city.
Since then, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and personal observations have yielded a variety of examples of HACD’s preferential treatment of vendors, disregard of regulations, subversion of the FOIA response process, and violations of the Open Meetings Act. Special treatment for some and contempt for others constitute a red flag in social services — I wonder what tenants have to put up with, and I hope DeKalb County shares that concern enough to investigate.
Meanwhile, below is a list of the blog articles published about HACD since early August. There is still no end of material and we’ll keep this listing current with each new post.