Crisfield Housing Authority gets new director, aims to make area safer to live
CRISFIELD, Md. – There’s a new housing director in town in Crisfield who’s looking to change the game for residents who live in public housing to make it a safer, more enjoyable place to live.
“Their lives matter, their concerns are our concerns, and things are going to change,” said Crisfield City Manager, Rick Pollitt.
It’s an area in Crisfield that’s notorious for crime and violence. But now, city officials are pledging to make changes for the better within the Crisfield Housing Authority. Changes that are long overdue.
“When you have the number of shootings that we have, there is gang influence in the housing authority, we have concern that people are living there without any kind of documentation on accountability,” said Pollitt.
In order to do this officials have called in the big guns, and recently named Don Bibb Crisfield’s new Executive Director for the Housing Authority. And he’s already got plans to tighten up regulations.
“Our priority right now is to look at folks and get them back on paying their rent. There’s a large deficiency of rents that aren’t being paid on a monthly basis,” said Bibb.
City officials tell 47 ABC Bibb was the perfect person to take on the new role to help turn the area around.
“He will enforce the rules as required to reduce the negative element and the dangerous elements so that people can live there in relative peace and comfort,” said Pollitt.
And Bibb says it’s a challenge he was happy take on to ensure residents have a better quality of life.
“For the most part, we’re looking to provide a more safe and decent sanitary housing environment for folks. We’re looking forward to coming in and helping the board and the community get back on track,” said Bibb.
And while officials tell me there’s still a lot more work to be done, they say they’re at least taking a step in the right direction.