house located next to other wood-framed structures, and various social pathologies can beidentified there, the house poses a fire risk to all of the homes in its vicinity. At the sametime, at least one person in the home is confined to a wheelchair, which makes mitigatingthese dangerous factors of the utmost importance. It is very unsettling living next to atinderbox.
As I am aware, the property is licensed with the San Antonio Housing Authority as aSection 8 property. Section 8 properties are supposed to be managed under a high
standard “in order to provide fo
r decent, safe and sanitary conditions in all subsidized
homes.” It is also important to make sure that the Section 8 program is not perceived as a
detriment to any neighborhood. At the same time, SAHA itself has occupancy limits based on the approved family members eligible to live in a Section 8 property. Thoselimits are being violated at the house on Wyoming. I know of several people who havecomplained to SAHA about this and who are becoming quite committed to taking SAHAto task for allowing these sorts of living conditions in a Section 8 property. It was never the intention of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to bring downthe living conditions of the neighborhoods where HUD-funded housing exists, and everyeffort should be made to ensure that that is not the outcome. Additionally, the HUDInspector General considers it a fraud to have people not on the lease living at a HUD-funded property.
I have personally witnessed visitors to the property smoking marijuana on the front lawn.This is criminal activity to which any landlord should have a no-tolerance policy.Particularly galling is that the people I have seen smoking marijuana on the property donot
or should not- live at the property. Drug dealing and other criminal activity
contributes to a neighborhood’s vulnerability and has a detrimental impact on theresidents’ quality of life and well
-being. When a particular property is the source of repeated criminal activity, and the owner has failed to take reasonable steps to stop theactivity, a nuisance abatement lawsuit can be initiated against the property owner. Under federal RICO laws, a property linked to federal drug crimes can actually be confiscated by the government. You may not live in this neighborhood, but you
be heldresponsible for what happens here.
None of the people who live at Wyoming Street are bad people and it is not my intentionto denigrate them in anyway. But at the end of the day, I own my home, and havecontinued to make substantial investments in it. I love my neighborhood and haveinvested thousands of hours to improving its livability. Many, many residents work tirelessly to improve the neighborhood in a myriad of ways and continue to work closelywith various city agencies to affect that change, from the code enforcement department tothe SAPD. Many people are moving to the neighborhood because of its historic nature,charming old homes, proximity to the Alamo and the Riverwalk, and the incredible viewsof downtown San Antonio. They want a neighborhood that is quiet, safe, and clean, justlike the one you are living in now.