Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton On Housing, Making An Election Impact

Jun 27, 2019

If a recent review is any indication, Crawfordsville's Housing Authority and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development take different views on what constitutes substandard housing.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

WBAA News has spent a fair amount of time in Crawfordsville during the past couple months, with an increasing amount of that focused on the debate in the city about subsidized housing.

Recently, Mayor Todd Barton got inspectors from the department of Housing and Urban Development to come look at some rental units that had been okayed by the Crawfordsville Housing Authority. The federal official found some to be substandard, which could them to be removed from the rolls of those eligible for federal money.

On this edition of WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we talk to Mayor Barton about whom that hurts more – the landlords he says he’s trying to target, or the low-income renters who may be having a hard time finding a suitable replacement in their price range.

Also on this week’s show, a listener says she’s concerned about marijuana dealing near her home and wants to know both whom to call about it and what might happen if she does.