Although one alderman strongly objected, we don’t see how the Mayor and Board of Aldermen had any reasonable alternative to making some changes on the Housing Authority board of directors.
There were simply too many unanswered questions involving public funds.
Our main concern was the questions involving the transfer of over $500,000 from the Housing Authority to the Gateway Community Development Corporation, a non-profit affiliate of the Yazoo City Housing Authority.
There may have been a perfectly logical reason for making that transfer, but the fact remains that some board members say they did not participate in the vote to make the transfer of funds, and the minutes from the meeting that authorized the transfer appear to have been altered to reflect a vote that those dissenting members say never happened. This newspaper has investigated the matter, and we have reported the evidence that the official minutes in the Housing Authority’s minute book appear to have been changed, and that those minutes are different than the minutes provided to board members electronically.
An explanation of what took place and why might have restored the city’s confidence in the Housing Authority board, but that did not happen.
To add to the problems, the last Housing Authority meeting resulted in a shouting match between two board members.
It’s easy to see why the Mayor and Board of Aldermen lost confidence in the Housing Authority and decided to make some changes. There is a real need for affordable housing in this city, and there is a great deal of existing low income housing that must be maintained.
Yazoo City cannot afford to have that mission sidetracked by shenanigans.
We hope that the new board members, along with the two who remain from the previous board, will be able to restore that confidence and bring the focus back to the work that needs to be done while operating in a transparent manner.