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Council President Johnathan Austin joins Housing Authority Leaders as they Pledge ‘Extraordinary Action’ to Fight Violence

Concerned residents and leaders of the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District stood in peace and solidarity to express their outrage over the recent strings of violence that has taken place in recent months at the Marks Village Community Crime Forum held at Lewis Park in the Gate City community earlier this week.

HABD President/CEO Michael Lundy presented a multi-point plan of action that detailed his security plan to the Board of Commissioners, which includes hiring a director of public safety, a zero tolerance policy for guns, increased police patrols and a call for greater resident engagement. “We’re willing to do whatever it takes to rid the community of crime and violence,” Lundy told the board. “As president and CEO it’s time to take extraordinary action to do whatever we can. I don’t care who gets upset with what we’re trying to do.”

Lundy, along with each of the four HABD board members, expressed the dire need to change policies and reconstruct strategies to avoid more senseless acts of violence in the future.

Council President Johnathan Austin, whose district includes Gate City, expressed his support for the enhanced security measures and wanted the residents to understand the importance of accountability when decreasing crime in their communities.“Our neighbors and citizens are our top resources when fighting crime and implementing change,” Council President Austin said. “To ensure our citizens are living in safe environments, it will take a consistent effort of accountability with the entire community and all levels of law enforcement and leadership. We are committed to helping with this process in any way possible.”

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.