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Quincy Housing Authority conducts regular inspections of Section 8 properties

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- Quincy Housing Authority officials are working to make sure all Section 8 tenants are living in safe and decent housing.

Quincy Housing Authority Executive Director Jerry Gille said they conduct three types of inspections for Section 8 housing.

"There's an initial inspection, there is an annual inspection, and then there's an emergency or an interrupt inspection. Before we will enter into any type of contract with a landlord to make a Section 8 payment, we will require an initial inspection," Gille said.

Emma Bell, who has been living for almost six years at the Indian Hills Apartments, said the housing authority always does inspections.

"Every year, and like normally when they come upstairs to my house, they just come up look at my kitchen. Then they look at my living room and then they leave," Bell said.

Gille said the goal of the inspections is to make sure tenants are living in safe and decent housing.

"The overall overarching goal there is to make sure that occurs. The leverage that the housing authority has in a situation like that is if the unit does not pass inspection, we will withhold payment or we won't allow the voucher to be placed there to begin with," Gille said.

Bell said there's no reason to have issues because they do their due diligence inspecting the property.

"First of all, ain't no excuse for you to do nothing if you keep your stuff clean anyway. Then you just wait for your day," Bell said.

Gille said through inspections they conduct, they can hold both the landlords and the housing authority accountable by making sure they are providing quality living arrangements.

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Jayda Hill

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