Victoria Square closure sends housing vouchers to Boone

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The Boone County Assisted Housing Department received five extra Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers after Campbell County’s Department of Housing failed to find affordable properties for residents in need.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s program, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing, requires all unused vouchers to be transferred within the state. Currently, Boone County has 30 vouchers available for residents on a waiting list.

County Commissioner Cathy Flaig asked why Campbell County had housing placement issues in its department.

Joe Clevenger with the Boone County Assisted Housing Department said the removal of affordable housing in Campbell County is the motivation behind the transfer.

“Campbell County lost about 300 residents with Victoria Square and there is also rumor that Riverchase apartments will be the next affordable housing to leave,” Clevenger said.

Sunset Property Solutions sent a vacate notice to residents on July 19, telling residents they had until end of September to leave so the company could renovate. The residents now have until Oct. 31 to find alternate housing.

The committee agreed this was “a more efficient way to receive vouchers, without having to re-apply after being returned to the Department of Housing,” and said Boone County has a great need for this program.

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