LANSING — State Rep. Ronnie Peterson (D-Ypsilanti) is letting his constituents and the media know that he is closely following the situation at the Cross Street Village senior living facility as housing subsidies are allowed to expire. Peterson has received no new information at this time, but he is in contact with state and local officials, as well as Cross Street Village residents, as the situation continues.
“I understand what a hardship losing housing subsidies can be for our senior citizens on fixed incomes,” Peterson said. “I want Ypsilanti seniors to know I am keeping a close eye on the situation and exploring every option to assist residents as best I can.”
On Sept. 1, Cross Street Village began exiting from a program that offers housing subsidies to seniors. The IRS operates the program, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority administers it within the state. As units turn over, they will be re-leased at market rates, rather than subsidized rates. Residents who choose to stay can continue receiving federal subsidies for up to three years.
“This is an unfortunate situation, but Cross Street Village management is acting within the bounds of the law,” Peterson said. “I will continue holding meetings in the community, and I am committed to helping residents navigate this difficult period.”