The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District has earmarked $6 million for an expansion and upgrade of security at public housing communities, including installing surveillance cameras and License Plate Readers monitored by police and increased lighting.
The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners approved the fiscal year 2022 budget of $34 million.
“When the residents of our HABD properties lay their heads down at night, we want them to feel safe and secure,” said Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin.
“Addressing safety and crime in the city of Birmingham should be something local agencies work on together to make the most impact,” said HABD President and CEO David A. Northern Sr.
“I know we’re unable to stop crime altogether, but we must be intentional in our actions to curb criminal activity,” Northern said. “Safety of our clients is always top priority, which is why HABD is dedicated to doing what we can to make our clients feel safe living in their communities. Our hope is that taking additional steps to improve security will make a difference and aid in deterring crime; and better assist law enforcement with solving criminal activity on our properties.”
Here’s a breakdown of the projected allocation:
Marks Village: $500,000
Elyton Village: $500,000
Kimbrough Homes: $250,000
Roosevelt City: $250,000
Smithfield Court: $750,000
Tom Brown Village: $500,000
Rev. Dr. Morrell Todd Homes: $500,000
North Birmingham Homes: $200,000
Cooper Green Homes: $200,000
Benjamin Greene: $150,000
Harris Homes: $200,000
“These funds will go a long way toward ensuring those families the peace they deserve,” Woodfin said. “There is no one quick fix for public safety, but by working together, we can ensure a safer Birmingham for all who call this city home,” Woodfin said.
The budget includes funds to cover costs for new technology and software upgrades agency-wide; additional client services and youth programs; and expanding broadband connections throughout HABD properties to allow public housing clients to have enhanced internet access in their homes.
“The Birmingham Police Department is a true partner with HABD,” said Birmingham Chief of Police Patrick D. Smith. “Together, we want to build safer streets, safer communities and a safer Birmingham. We are all committed to helping your community thrive through continued investments and progress towards the future.”