Meeting Set to Address Whether Public Housing is at Root of Drug, Violence Woes in Steubenville

[image] Many Steubenville residents believe that the problem is just in certain areas, but also believe the problem lies in how parents are raising their children.

Later this week, U.S. Representative Bill Johnson will meet with city and community leaders in Steubenville to address whether the drug and violence problem in the city lies rooted in public housing.

Rep. Johnson will make the trip to Steubenville on Thursday to meet with city officials, community leaders and representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to discuss public housing issues in the city. They will discuss drug problems, shootings and residents' complaints.

Many Steubenville residents believe the problem occurs just in certain areas, and also believe the problem lies in how parents are raising their children. Other residents believe that the public housing problems come from incoming gangs.  Others place blame on local landlords.  And, some residents believe no matter what happens at the meeting, the city will always have a drug problem.

The private meeting comes as a follow-up to a June 2012 meeting to discuss shooting incidents at public housing sites in the city. A press conference will follow the scheduled one-hour meeting. Stay with wtrf.com for updates after the meeting.


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