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Crime problems reviewed by public housing leaders
By Kerri Corrado
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- Tackling crime in the Johnstown area was the focus of a meeting of Johnstown Housing Authority on Thursday evening.
A month ago, a commission of city leaders released its findings on an apparent increase of crime in the city. It included a close look at an increased poverty line and housing.
The Housing Authority held the workshop to discuss and review some of the commission's findings that were related to them.
Most leaders tracking crime said they agree drugs exist in the Johnstown area, but the factors leading to its growth has everyone talking.
"One of the aspects in there was (public) housing, said board member Brian Vuletich. I think we need an open discussion because it was a good report, well done.
Members of the Authority gathered for an open discussion, but they wouldn't comment on any of the recommendations made by the crime report until they are final. They still have to be reviewed and finalized by the city council.
Once they go throughout the information and recommendations to pass along, of course we will sit down and look at the recommendations for housing," Authority executive director Dan Kunuch said.
"I think this area needs jobs, and a lot of them, Kunuch said
Kunuch said he hopes this meeting and future ones help everyone get on the same page.
"Get to the bottom of what is fact, he said.