GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Brown County is thinking about using county employees to run a public housing program that a non-profit contractor has run for the last four decades.
Brown County’s Housing Authority is moving to drop the firm of Integrated Community Solutions. It operates a federally-funded voucher program that helps about 3,200 low-income families get housing they can afford.
County housing administrator Robyn Hallet says officials want to see if it makes more sense to operate the program themselves, and save $1 million in administrative fees it now pays each to ICS.
But the firm’s board chairman, Randy Gast, tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette that the change could kill his agency – and it could halt other services the group provides for low-income families.
The group’s contract with Brown County is scheduled to run out at the end of the year.
A year ago, the city of Green Bay made a similar move to run its public housing program itself, instead of paying a contractor.