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Public housing meeting held with Johnson

August 23, 2013

STEUBENVILLE — Violent crime in public housing units in Steubenville is affecting enrollment at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and hampering attempts to attract new businesses into the......

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Aug-23-13 2:12 PM

Rsimpson - You are on point with your comments and I agree with them. My PERSONAL opinion is that I do not feel the city officials are not being held accountable for not ENFORCING the laws that are on the books. I also agree the Deloreto as to limiting the public housing and Section 8, etc. to certain areas. Spread them out where they are not concentrated to the point of impacting an entire neighborhood.

RENTERS of property should also be held accountable for their properties and the people who rent them. There is no excuse for run down properties. START FINING THE OWNERS. Eye sores should not be tolerated anywhere in the city.

If single mothers have unauthorized live in mates, they should be evicted and the mates issued a tresspassing warning. If a person needs assistance then COMPLIANCE of the laws should be first and foremost.

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Aug-23-13 1:59 PM

When someone fails a drug screening mandate that they show proof that they've successfully completed a drug rehabilitation program. Failure to do so would result in a termination of their assistance. If someone continues to test positive for drugs terminate their assistance. There is a positive side to drug screening, think of all the potential people that would be helped to get clean and sober. If we can get the drug addicts and drug pushers out of public housing units I do think the violence would decrease all across the city not just in certain neighborhoods. I've never been in that situation so I don't know but if there isn't already available drug treatment programs then we need to make them available and it needs to be free for those who can't afford to pay for it. If these programs are already available then advertise it, get the word out so people know there is somewhere to turn for help.

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Aug-23-13 1:52 PM

I think it would be a fair assumption to say that violence in any community directly correlates with drug activity including both drug abusers and drug pushers. I am all for helping others in their time of need. We never know what tomorrow holds and all of us have fallen on hard times at one point or another. When the mill went down it took my husband's job with it. We struggled for a while with a small child trying to get back on our feet. Luckily we have been blessed and have bounced back but not everyone has, there are still families out there struggling to make it. Unfortunately there are also a lot of drug addicts taking advantage of the system. If someone can afford to be a drug addict then they can afford to pay their own bills. Our employers make us take random drug tests to work hard and earn our money. Random drug testing will help weed out those taking advantage of the system.

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