Area Public Housing Getting Money for Improvements

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

Many area public housing buildings are scheduled for some big-time improvements.

Renovations are already underway at Martin Homes Public Housing in Dothan.

“Public housing is for low and moderate income families that live in our communities that are not able to afford private sector housing because of their income,” said Glenn Frankin, Executive Director of the Dothan Housing Authority.

The Dothan Housing Authority just got word that they will be receiving more than a million dollars to continue upgrades on Martin Homes.

“That money is planned to continue a construction project we've had going on for the past two years. We're doing basically the interior renovation of each and every unit in that 148 unit public housing development,” said Franklin.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued more than 2.3 billion dollars to more than 3,100 public housing authorities across the country. They say the money will be used for capital improvement projects, like new roofs, and making these homes more energy efficient.

“It is vital to the operation of the housing authority because it's really the only major source of income we have to make improvements to our housing units here in Dothan,”

More than 71 million dollars of that 2.3 billion is coming to Alabama.

Here's a breakdown of where some of that money is going, locally:

Dothan- $1,062,159
Troy- $772,702
Ozark- $624,707
Eufaula- $643,432
Enterprise- $211,428

“Public housing serves a vital need in every community across the country. A lot of our residents really don’t have any other place to go. They're not able to afford a decent, safe, and sanitary unit here,”

The Dothan Housing Authorities hopes to receive their share of the money by the middle of July.

“It feels good, it getting good around here, they're remodeling things,” said Martin Homes resident Montez Ingram.

There are a total of 790 residents living in public housing in Dothan.

The price for rent is based on residents' income.

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