Supervisors vote to dissolve housing advisory board

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Mar 14, 2012 - 04:16 PM

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to dissolve the county’s advisory board on housing during a meeting March 7 in the colonial courthouse.

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors discussed the future of the housing board during a work session Feb. 21 and several board members expressed concern over completely dissolving the board, which formerly served as a fiscal agent for the Section 8 voucher program administered through the federal government for the region. That program has now been transferred to Bay Aging and the housing department in Gloucester was eliminated.

Gloucester County administrator Brenda Garton said that there was just no funding to support the advisory board or any initiatives it may come up with.

York district supervisor Carter Borden said he had talked with some people who had served on the housing board. "One young man has put his heart and soul into the committee," Borden said, who said he thought the housing board could operate with little county staff time involved.

"The housing advisory board has been effective in what it’s been doing. This doesn’t mean we can’t reinstate it if we need it in the near future," Petsworth supervisor John Northstein said.