Housing Authority Defends No Planting Policy At Meeting

The Mississippi Region Eight Public housing authority stands behind its new policy which prohibits residents from planting flowers and vegetable gardens.

The "no planting" regulation was discussed briefly at the Resident Advisory Council meeting on Friday morning. WLOX News was not allowed inside that meeting.

As we first reported, some residents are upset with the new policy, which allows only potted plants. The executive director says the policy was needed to bring a uniform look to public housing properties.

A resident council representative from Pascagoula attended the meeting and plans to challenge the new rule on behalf of an elderly neighbor who loves gardening.

"We didn't do any question and answer session," Diane Patterson said. "I set up a meeting. I intend to call back and set up a meeting. He mentioned that he can talk with anybody who wants to individually. I'd like to do that."

The Region Eight Housing Authority is working on a plan to upgrade landscaping at public housing properties. That plan will include the planting of various trees and shrubs.