NEW ALBANY, Indiana (WHAS11) -- There's no place like home for the holidays, but what would you do if your home was in danger of being taken away?
It is a harsh reality facing many families living in public housing in one local community.
Earlier this week, more than one thousand signature were turned into the New Albany Mayor’s Office opposing a plan that would seek to tear down those units and give out Section 8 vouchers.
While it's unclear if that has changed the thinking inside city hall, people say it's making it hard to enjoy the holiday season.
A year after she moved into Broadmeade Terrace, Alissa Baungardner still remembers the exact moment she found out she got approved for an apartment.
“It was amazing,” said Baungardner. “The day I got the call, I cried out of happiness because I was finally going to have my own place for my kids.”
The mother of three had been looking forward to Christmas with her kids, but now all she can do is worry.
“I’m trying my best, and it seems like every time I get a foot forward something is bringing me back again,” said Baungardner. “We’ll be ok without Christmas. We won’t be ok without a roof over our head. My kids deserve better.”
Like many of her neighbors, Baungardner says she was caught off guard when the New Albany Housing Authority announced plans to tear down more than 500 units.
“Why didn’t they tell me when I signed my lease,” asked Baungardner.
Her concern stems from the city’s vague wording that leaves blank how many tenants would be provided with Section 8 vouchers.
“Even if there are enough vouchers for everybody, there’s not enough housing in New Albany,” said Baungardner. “If everybody would take Section 8, there’s not enough.”
The Housing Authority tried to calm concerns by passing this resolution, stating that no resident would be homeless under their watch, but didn’t clarify how they planned to accomplish that goal.
"There has been a lack of transparency and a lot of questionable moves along the way, most notably the firing of Bob Lane, who was a great asset,” said Indiana State Rep. Ed Clere (R).
"We've been homeless,” said Baungardner. “There's been times where he told me he don't want to eat because he wants to make sure that I eat. I believe he deserves at least a roof over his head."
WHAS11 tried to reach out to New Albany's mayor and city council for comment on this story, but to this point we have yet to hear back.
There will be another rally for people who live in the New Albany housing authority to voice their concerns on January 9 at Destination Book Sellers.
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