The outgoing adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard, Stephen Danner, set up a nonprofit that is now in the low-income housing business with his son, Andrew. At least $14 million in state and federal tax credits have been approved for projects in Poplar Bluff and Cameron.
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Missouri was right to halt its wasteful tax-credit program for low-income housing, but now getting a reformed version of the program up and running is crucial, with some 100,000 poor Missourians on waiting lists for housing.
An initial version of the legislation showed it could save $600 million over the next decade.
Owners of the Park Ridge Apartments in Ferguson are trying to play hardball after inspectors turned up multiple health and safety violations. When the county threatened to suspend Section 8 rental aid payments, the owner told voucher holders they were being evicted, which is unlawful. The company's behavior is typical of those that place profits above service when it comes to housing the poor.
Low-income housing tax credits have long been criticized for inefficiencies.
Lt. Gov. Mike Parson very publicly broke with the governor on the state commission that awards low-income housing tax credits.
Residents cite crime and maintenance issues at the Park Ridge and Northwinds complexes, whose owners have benefited from millions in low-income housing tax credits.
"We can't supply housing (tax credits) for seniors in the state of Missouri, or veterans, right now," Parson told members of the Missouri Development Finance Board.
The development is planned on 3.7 acres at 3746 Dunn Road.
What may have worked for Gov. Eric Greitens in the military is not going over so well in Missouri. His heavy-handed takeover of the Missouri Board of Education late last year has backfired, leaving the board without a quorum to make important decisions affecting students, educators and families.
After Greitens clumsily stacked the eight-member board that oversees Missouri’s public schools the last six months of 2017, there remain only three members on the board who have been confirmed by the Senate. Greitens appointed 10 people for five spots, and then removed two who did not seem fully committed to his goal of removing the widely respected commissioner, Margie Vandeven. Two others declined and one resigned.