It’s no secret that Several Jefferson metropolitan housing authority properties have seen their fair share of problems with drugs, violence and health and safety issues in Steubenville. Officials credit tenant tips and information for the decrease in crime and change in security.
Congressman Bill Johnson hosted another stakeholder roundtable meeting Monday to discuss the latest developments with the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority. Representatives from the Cleveland HUD Field Office, Steubenville city government, JMHA, safety forces, property managers, and residents were in attendance to discuss the progress that has been made.
Residents say things have gotten better since Congressman Johnson and former Safety Director Jim Mavromatis got involved.
“Since you did come on board back in 2012 and so did Mr. Mavromatis residents are paying attention on what’s going on around them,” said resident Liz Smith. “We want the drug dealers and the hookers and all of the undesirables out of our building.”
Mavromatis says JMHA properties now account for only 5 percent of of the total calls that the Steubenville Police Department receives. He credits the increase in tenant cooperation and help.
“The ones we get insight from are the ones that live here and see what goes on everyday in these authority properties,” said Mavromatis.
However, residents are now concerned over the fact that Mavromatis, the man who changed it all, has resigned after not being appointed executive director by the JMHA board.
Congressman Johnson says he doesn’t want this decision by the board to affect how far the JMHA properties have come.
“Most of the solution board members are in your hands and it starts with hiring a permanent executive director,” said Johnson.