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Housing authority director's tactics questioned by community, homeowners

Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2008 12:00 am

LELAND - It's 8 a.m. on a Saturday and a hundred-plus homeowners are gathered at the Leland headquarters of South Delta Regional Housing Authority.

South Delta's executive director, Ann “A.J.” Jefferson, is pacing the floor with authority. She is dressed in short jeans and a black jersey with a purple number 19 on the front. Jefferson is a big woman, with a big afro and big, tinted glasses, and she has a way of filling the room when she speaks.

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  • anonymous posted at 8:17 am on Mon, Aug 25, 2008.

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    It comes as no surprise that Jefferson would resort to accusations of racism to deflect the current situation- this is typical of the Delta- and I for one would like to see Splane put it to her if she is, in fact, violating federal laws. This is not a racial issue: it is an issue of law and possible misappropriation of federal funding. Name calling and threats will only serve to harden resentments and lessen the chance of cooperative communication. Also, as a member of the Leland community, I have seen, first hand, the changes made to Jefferson's personal home on Feltus Blvd., and I question the legitimacy of the funding of that work (which has been extensive).

     
  • anonymous posted at 7:24 am on Mon, Aug 25, 2008.

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    Interesting that being opposed to or concerned about housing that is based on income is equated with being racist.

     
  • anonymous posted at 7:35 am on Sun, Aug 24, 2008.

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    I'd like to know under what circumstances Ms. Jefferson left St. Louis. If she has a history of misusing her position to "affect social change"--regardless of whether it is needed or desired by local tax payers--then this problem isn't going to go away. She has no sense of accountability. Maybe an audit of South Delta would put some minds at ease.

     
  • anonymous posted at 6:47 am on Sun, Aug 24, 2008.

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    Like with everything else, the racism card always comes out. I do think that people with lower income should be able to live in places that are not crime-ridden, but respect needs to be considered for the rules that were established before South Delta moved into that area.The housing is SUPPOSED to be for low income families. So why is the director living in one of the houses. That is one more family that does not have a house. Also, while I agree that the low income families should be given decent houses, I don't agree that anyone should be getting a $100,000+ house. If they can afford that, then they can afford to buy a house without the programs help.

     
  • anonymous posted at 6:40 am on Sun, Aug 24, 2008.

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    It is about time somebody stood up to her!!! The truth is finally coming out... Great article.

     
  • anonymous posted at 4:50 am on Sun, Aug 24, 2008.

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    My employer doesn't provide a free house and pay the taxes for me. I guess I should look into becoming a director of some government agency. I heard Jefferson was designing a new house for herself. I think it will be built by those three or four truckloads of South Deltal Housing maintenance workers. And finally, someone should tell Ms. Jefferson that Racism has nothing to do with Rich or Poor. There are poor white folks and poor black folks.

     
  • anonymous posted at 4:39 am on Sun, Aug 24, 2008.

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    The executive director of SDRHA (SOUTH DELTA REGIONAL HOUSING AUTHORITY) came by my house that I m renting from them her name is MS. A.J. Jefferson executive director she came by and chewed me out about cutting down some hedge buses that had snakes in them and I bacame terminally ill as of nov.26,2007 and have not been able to work and my husband is the only one that is working right now but I did let the property manager know that and she told us to keep in touch with her to let her know what wuz going on in with our finacial situation and I did that but she evicted me anyway and told me that she didnt want my rent she wanted me gone she mailed the letter out on the 23 of june and told us we had to be gone by the 10th of JULY or our furniture would be disposed of by SOUTH DELTA I have a disability but i even offered to re do the bushes she told me hell no and this s--- doesnt make any sense and then you are behind on your rent you got to go also they prerssed charges against my husband and I A.J. ALONG WITH ANGELA BRADY PRESSED CHARGES AGAINST ME AND MY HUSBAND IN WICH THE COURT FOUND US NOT GUILTY BUT THE CHARGES WERE ON MALICIOUS MISCHEIF THEY CLAMED THEY WE HAD WENT BACK TO THE PROPERTY AND TORE UP SOME SCREENS BUT THE FILLED CHARGES ON US ON THE EIGHT EVEN THO THEY HAD GIVEN US A WRITTEN EVICTION LETTER WITH THERE SIGNATURE AND LETTER HEAD TELLING US THAT WE HAD TIL THE 10TH THEY CAME IN ON THE 8TH AND CHANGED THE LOCKS AND LOCKED OUR THINGS IN THE HOUSE AFTER THEY HAD GIVEN US UNTIL THE TENTH. I HAVE FOUR BABIES AND THEY ARE SICKLEY I HAVE AN ADHD SON WITH ASTHMA AND ANOTHER DAUGTER WHOM IS AS ACUTE ASTHMATIC ALONG WITH MYSELF I HAVE A NERVE DISORDER IM BI-POLAR AND ANXIETY I NEED SOME HELP PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME PLEASE THANK YOU THIS LADY IS BUYING UP PROPERTY AND SAYING ITS FOR LOW INCOME FAMILYS BUT I'M ONE OF THOSE LOW INCOME FAMILYS AND SHE REALLY DID MY FAMILY WRONG WE HAD REPORTED THAT WE HAD ANTS ON THE COUNTERS NOONE CAME BUT AT THE SAME TIME THEY WERE AT HER S.D.R.HOUSE DOING YARD WORK PAINTING AND HAD AND WERE TO busy tilling her grounds and helping her win yard of the week we need some help THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE IN LELAND NEEDED HELP AND WANTING PLACES TO STAY ITS SO HARD BECAUSE SHE FEEL THAT SHE'S GOD AND HAS THE SAY SO OVER OUR LIVES JUST BECAUSE WE RENT FROM SDRHA WE SHOULD BOW DOWN TO HER AND I OFFERED HER AND THE PROPERTY MANAGER THE 1,500.00 TO CATH MY RENT UP AND SHE REFUSED THE PAYMENT AND MADE US LEAVE SHE ALSO CHARGES HER TENANTS 25.00 FINE FOR PARKING ON THE GRASS THAT WE PAY RENT FOR AND SHE TOLD ME BY ME CUTTING DOWN THE BUSHES THAT I TOOK THE PROPERTY VALUE DOWN ON THE HOUSE I WAS LIVING IN SHE A VERY RUDE PERSON AND NOT VERY SMART. SO IF YOU CAN HELP ME TO PLACE AN ADD TO PROTEST AGAINST WHAT SHE'S DOING TO THE POOR FAMILIES IN THE COMMUNITY THAT SHE SO CALL SUPPOSE TO BE HELPING MY NUMBER IS BELOW . WE MUST STOP HER OR ALOT OF FAMILIES ARE GONNA BE ON THE STREET LAKIESHA LEE662-820-4290 OR 662-820-9819

     
  • anonymous posted at 9:47 pm on Sat, Aug 23, 2008.

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    In order to have people understand and support you, you must first treat ALL people fair. Don't let your title fool you, cause the last time I remembered the company name stated South Delta Housing Authority not AJ and Company. So don't go all Black now when you need support. You should remain Black at all times and another thing, We, We, We (lol) It maybe to late to use We, because "I" been throwing her weight around if the article is true.

     
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