Letters to the Editor

From Oct. 26

Who will watch over Westpark’s transplants?

As a Silverdale resident, specifically Ridgetop area, I’m extremely concerned about the proposed purchase of the Outlook Apartments by the Bremerton Housing Authority for the purpose of relocating and housing the Bremerton Westpark Government Village’s residents while the City of Bremerton completes its city revitalization and/or urban reomoval of their undesirables. I firmly believe that the buying of the Outlook Apartments on Ridgetop is part of Mayor Bozeman’s, Kitsap County’s and BHA’s grand plan to rid themselves of their unwanted low-income people of Bremerton. And since Silverdale is unincorporated it has been used as their dumping grounds.

Admittedly, the Westpark residents must have a place to stay while the BHA and Bremerton build new housing — if that is the plan. I think not! When these new houses are built, the low-income Westpark residents won’t be able to afford them. Their move to Silverdale becomes permanent — just as it was intended.

It’s a well-known fact that Westpark has endured a high crime rate—for many years. I’m not blaming all the Westpark residents for their increasing crime rate because the Sheriff’s Office statistics show only a small minority of the Westpark residents are committing the crimes.

For the last 10 years, our home on Ridgetop has steadily increased in value and has been 99 percent crime-free. It should be noted that Westpark and its residents are part of BHA which is 100 percent subsidized by HUD through Housing Assistance Payments (HUD-HAP). This brings them under the authority of: HUD Section 8 and Low Rent Public Housing. More specifically, HUD 24 CFR 982:455 Termination of Tenancy by BHA and Apartment Owners which states, “Violation of federal, state or local laws; specifically, criminal activity by the tenant or any member of the household, a guest and/or another under the control of the tenant, that threatens the health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by residents, or persons residing in the immediate vicinity of the premises or any drug-related criminal activity on or near the premises.”

I fully expect these HUD laws, plus state and local laws — to be strictly enforced by a 24-hour federal/HUD policeman and/or sheriff’s deputies at the Outlook Apartments. If my property starts to decline in value I’ll hold HUD, BHA, Mayor Bozeman and Commissioner Patty Lent personally and financially responsible.

WILLIS PAPILLION

Silverdale

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