Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough took to social media today to protest city plans to build new permanent supportive housing units in Lake Highlands and to alert citizens of a public meeting being held tonight at the Audelia Road Library.
“Why would city staff plan a series of meetings and not tell anyone in the community they were happening, even me?” McGough asked.
The proposal involves building more than 100 multifamily units at 12000 Greenville, between Bending Oaks High School and the U.S. Post Office. The land is currently vacant. Permanent supportive housing is low barrier affordable housing and supportive services for chronically homeless individuals.
“Why would city management allow a presentation to be made about adding over 100 units of permanent supportive housing units in an area highly concentrated with two huge DHA (Dallas Housing Authority) housing projects, high crime, not supported by council, and next door to a school which goes against the stated strategies for mixed income housing – all while spending the entire $20 million dollar bond allocation??” added McGough.
The area around Greenville Ave. and LBJ Freeway consistently ranks in Dallas’ top 20 crime hot spots, and the nearby Forest/Audelia area consistently ranks in the top 10. Both have been targeted by the federal, state and local law enforcement task force, Project Safe Neighborhood.
The Dallas City Council unanimously adopted the city’s first comprehensive housing policy in May of 2018 designed to address the shortage of affordable housing and break up concentrations of poverty in the city. City officials say Dallas needs about 20,000 housing units, and 6 of 10 residents spend more than one-third of their income on housing costs.
Tonight’s meeting, hosted by Dallas’ Office of Homeless Solutions, will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Audelia Road Library. OHS officials can be reached at 214-670-3696.