Housing officials: Realtor got death threats after agreeing to help convert homes into public housing

A Realtor hired to help the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority buy homes to be converted into public housing has resigned, apparently over fears that helping carry out the project would harm his business.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has ordered the housing authority to make more public housing available in Green Township, Ohio, a community of 60,000 where 30 of 24,000 housing units are public.

Instead of building new units, the housing authority decided to buy 32 homes scattered around the township and convert them into public housing. Officials with the housing authority said Realtor Bob Jansen has backed out of the project, saying he’d received death threats and threats to his business. Jansen declined to comment. Source: news.cincinnati.com.