Gloucester to dissolve its housing department

Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Nov 10, 2010 - 03:25 PM

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors voted 7-0 last Wednesday night for Gloucester County to cease being the administrative agent for the Middle Peninsula Virginia Housing Development Authority’s Section 8 rental housing program. Under the same vote, Gloucester’s housing department will be dissolved, most likely by the end of this year.

"This isn’t a light decision and can have ramifications," at-large supervisor Michelle Ressler said during the meeting, which was held in the colonial courthouse.

Gloucester County Administrator Brenda Garton said that VHDA will designate an administrative agent to support Gloucester and the five surrounding localities that the Gloucester program oversaw.

In this case, Garton said she has had discussions with Bay Aging, which currently seems interested in taking over the responsibility. "However, it’s not our decision. It’s the decision of VHDA," she said.