Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones provided the following statement in response to Sandra Jones’ special report
“The city of Atlanta was the first city in the nation to perform a complete public housing transformation and their efforts provide a baseline for other cities to review. Our visit there was extremely beneficial as we work to develop plans of revitalizing concentrations of public housing in Richmond.
It is important to note that at this time, no final decision regarding how we revitalize and de-concentrate public housing has been reached. We visited Atlanta, along with Norfolk, in an effort to gain as much information as possible as we continue our deliberations.
Transforming Richmond’s public housing communities will require a collaborative effort. We look forward to working closely with RRHA’s new CEO Adrienne Goolsby, and utilizing her experiences in Chicago, as we work to change the face of Richmond’s public housing communities.
Community input is vital in determining the city’s direction of transforming public housing. The city has already begun the process of engaging the community with the 2010 East End Charrette and will continue in conjunction with RRHA to expand this effort in the coming months.”