Norfolk promised to help people forced out of public housing. Then came delays and changes.

Published February 22, 2019

When it approved a major redevelopment of the St. Paul’s area in early 2018, the city promised “transformative human services” for residents who would be displaced from the three public housing communities there.

Called “People First,” the plan was to bring in a dedicated contractor with a proven track record of helping people break the cycle of poverty to assist the 4,200 people currently living in St. Paul’s. The city said it couldn’t manage such a massive program itself and that residents didn’t trust the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority. For more information visit pilotonline.com