(12/21/2018)
By Bob Weaver

A Calhoun Homes resident has filed a complaint with the WV Department of Health and Human services related to an alleged long-time feral cat problem in the housing development.

70-year-old Florence Bishop, who has lived there since 2004, says the problem has worsened over the years, claiming that manager Michelle Smith has provided cat food to over 20 cats, starting about 2013.

Those cats were reportedly picked-up by the Welfare of Animals Group (WAG) spay and neutered and returned to the development.

"She (Smith) has bought cat food and feeds the cats at the development, which is against HUD rules," said Bishop, indicating there are certain written exceptions about personal cat ownership.

Bishop's complaint alleges the cats cause health problems which also causes "odor and nuisance."

Bishop stated many of the residents of the 24-unit complex are upset about a number of problems that continue.

A number of residents were given a 5-day notice to vacate their apartments about six weeks ago because of high levels of meth residue.

Some of those residents are reportedly moving back into the housing project this week, most of which had to finance temporary housing. Most of those affected were single parenting women.

Megan Hartz told the Commission that all the contents of her department were destroyed because of meth residue infestation, and she is "starting over," other residents household contents were stored in a trailer provided by Calhoun Homes, while others moved their furnishings to other locations.

Smith declined to answer a number of public information questions submitted to her by the Hur Herald, claiming the complex was under private ownership.

The project is primarily funded by taxpayer HUD funds.

Smith failed to appear at a Calhoun Commission meeting this week, after stating she wanted to appear and answer questions.

Following numerous complaints to the Commission, they officially requested HUD to investigate and audit the operation, further seeking if Calhoun Homes is under the Freedom of Information laws.

See CALHOUN COMMISSION REQUESTING HUD INVESTIGATE-AUDIT CALHOUN HOMES - Commissioners Concerned About $240,000 Grant


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