Housing Authorities will merge; former state rep upset over changes

Housing Authorities will merge; former state rep upset over changes

POSTED: Monday, July 1, 2013 - 8:41pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 2:49pm

Fireworks erupted during this morning's county commissioner meeting as former State Representative Inocente “Cente” Quintanilla attacked Commissioner Vince Perez and County Judge Veronica Escobar for supporting House Bill 2975 which allows the city and county housing authorities to merge.

Perez and Escobar said the merger will allow them to help more local residents who need access to affordable housing. The move for county officials to allow the city to absorb their housing authority is rare but Perez says it's necessary.

"We're looking out for the taxpayer and providing higher level of service. You know this is a duplication of service. Do we really two housing authorities when one of them is just an 80-unit complex?,” Vince Perez, County Commissioner of Precinct 3 said.

"I intend to start meeting with people in the community and going to their meetings,” Former State Rep. Inocente Quintanilla explained.

"Right now, if you're in public housing and you're in Fabens, you have to stay in Fabens. If you have disabilities, if you need to be closer to a hospital, or something like that…Right now you can move into the city, right, to do that. If without the merger, you will not be able to do so,” Gerald Cichon, CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso explained.

The plan was just introduced Monday. Perez says this merger would also allow authorities to take advantage of rural funding for areas outside of cities.

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Poor Chente, he just can't get over the fact that he is a FORMER Representative. The main reason that he is a FORMER Representative is because while he was in office he ONLY looked out for his own interests which is why he is worried about keeping Fabens within his fifdom. He wants to run for office again & he figures he can buy off the residents just like he always has with his pajangas & paying people to take voters to vote (for him). Old bad habits die slow huh Chente.

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