RICHMOND FREE PRESS: New housing honcho: RRHA’s leader Damon Duncan outlines priorities that will impact city’s 10,000 public housing residents

View of Creighton Court where some residents are struggling to keep warm in unheated apartments where radiator systems failed. The landlord, Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, is facing sharp criticism over its failure to move swiftly on repairs.Sandra Sellars/Richmond Free Press

By Jeremy M. Lazarus

(RICHMOND – May 18, 2019) – The new chief executive officer of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) is vowing that the agency will move “expeditiously” to redevelop the city’s decaying public housing.

Damon E. Duncan put that at the top of the list of priorities he outlined in his first public comments Monday.

He said he wants to move quickly to carry out RRHA’s long-standing goal of overhauling, replacing and modernizing the city’s nearly 4,000 deteriorating public housing units, the largest and most essential inventory of affordable housing for the city’s lowest income residents, seniors and disabled people. READ IN FULL