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Ferndale Housing Director Gives Updates…

September 16th 2019

“What we are working on now you won’t even start to see for a few years. But it is going to completely change the face of public housing in Ferndale – for the better.”

Ferndale Housing Commission Sets New Vision, Seeks Board Member UPDATED

December 17th 2016

Ferndale Housing Commission Sets New Vision, Seeks Board Member  UPDATED (Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 16, 2016) Ferndale, MI – As Ferndale Housing Commission Director Heather Van Poucker prepares for her presentation to City Council on Monday, her main thought is on the residents of the housing program and how to show that they are the […]

Ferndale Celebrates Good Neighbors

April 20th 2016

Ferndale Celebrates Good Neighbors (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 20, 2016) Ferndale, MI – When Alyssa Atkinson was presented with her Good Neighbor = Strong Community Award, the presented talked about one Atkinson’s strongest traits, her vulnerability. “Being a volunteer means two things, one is showing up, showing up and putting yourself out there,” said Councilperson […]

Search is on for New Ferndale Housing Director, Wilson Settlement Reduced

November 23rd 2015

Search is on for New Ferndale Housing Director, Wilson Settlement Reduced (Crystal A. Proxmire, Nov. 21, 2015) It’s been one year since the first rays of sunshine began to hit the shrouded operations of the Ferndale Housing Commission.  Subsequent months of media and HUD investigations brought to light a system of mistreatment, theft and oppression […]

Ferndale Housing Commission Stops Wilson Payment, Votes to Sell Dodge Charger

June 29th 2015

Ferndale Housing Commission Stops Wilson Payment, Votes to Sell Dodge Charger (Crystal A. Proxmire, June 29, 2015) As former Housing Director Deborah Wilson sits in a prison cell for 1-15 years for breaking into vulnerable resident’s apartments and stealing their prescription medications, the Ferndale Housing Commission (FHC) continues to unravel the mess left she left […]

“No Air, Not Fair,” Ferndale Housing Residents and Advocates Chant (video)

June 19th 2015

“No Air, Not Fair,” Ferndale Housing Residents and Advocates Chant (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, June 19, 2015 Assistant City Manager Joe Gacioch seemed surprised when a group of senior citizens and activists came into City Hall on Tuesday with signs chanting “No air, not fair.” The group was a blend of folks from Detroit Eviction […]

Disturbing Findings in Ferndale Housing Commission’s HUD Report

June 11th 2015

Disturbing Findings in Ferndale Housing Commission’s HUD Report (Crystal A. Proxmire, June 11, 2015) The mess left by the former Ferndale Housing Director and the Ferndale Housing Commission has become even more clear as a June 10 report by HUD shows several major problems, and imposes a list of corrective actions expected to cost the […]

Housing Director Convicted of Entering Seniors Apts, Stealing Medication, Gets Probation

February 26th 2015

Housing Director Convicted of Entering Senior’s Apartments, Stealing Medication, Gets Probation (Crystal A. Proxmire, Feb. 26, 2015) Deborah Wilson, who stipulated to having entered the homes of three Ferndale Housing residents and stealing their prescription medication in late 2014, was sentenced on Feb 26 in Oakland County Circuit Court by Judge Denise Langford-Morris. Wilson pled […]

…Director Pleads No Contest to Home Invasion & Drug Possession

January 22nd 2015

Former Ferndale Housing Director Pleads No Contest to Home Invasion & Drug Possession (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 22, 2015) Deborah Wilson has waived her right to a trial and pled no contest to felony home invasion in the second degree and a charge of possession of a controlled substance, Oxycontin, of less than 25 g. […]