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Troy Housing Authority institutes curfew for residents

Residents in nearly 350 apartments managed by the Troy Housing Authority are under a strict curfew resulting from failure to practice social distancing guidelines.

The Housing Authority, which operates several properties in Troy including complexes on Segars Street, Knox Street, Aster Avenue, Rose Circle and more, sent a letter to residents informing them of the curfew effective April 1.

“On March 6, 2020, we asked for your help to ensure we all practice social distancing as advised by the CDC,” the letter states. “We asked that you not overcrowd units and/or porches. As we review the camera system, we see that not all of our residents are practicing social distancing as mandated by the President, Governor and at our request.”

Because of that, a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. took effective April 1 and remains in place until further notice.

Debra Rogers, director of the Troy Housing Authority, on Friday said the letter outlines the reasons for implementing the curfew and the guidelines.

According to the letter sent to residents, “this decision was not made lightly; however management deems this necessary due to many activities that occurred over this past weekend, which did not comply with the previous request to practice social distancing in our communities. Please understand, gatherings or casual visits from family or friends should not take place. Everyone should be staying in place at their own residence.”

Anyone found outside during the curfew would be subject to termination of tenancy (for residents) or trespass citations for non-residents.

Troy Police Chief Randall Barr said officers will increase patrols through the housing authority neighborhoods during the curfew.

“We have one officer assigned to the housing authority, but we will have officers conducting extra patrolling of the area,” he said.

As for enforcement, Barr said residents are subject to the rules put in place by the Troy Housing Authority. “If they live there, they are subject to those rules,” he said.