Affordable Housing

Americans everywhere are having to deal with difficult economic times.

"There are a lot of people that are working two and three jobs just to be able to make ends meet, just to be able to make enough to pay their rent," said David Duke. Executive Director of 211.

But there are several resources that can help those in need, the public housing authority is one.

"The public housing is owned by the housing authority. there are other section 8 privately owned apartment complexes in Dothan," said Glenn Franklin, Executive Director of the Housing Authority.

"There are several websites that are out there, that we utilize when people contact us here at 211, you can search either by city, state or zip code, to find out what your options are available," said Duke.

Rental housing deals, affordable housing online and Alabama housing search, websites that offer affordable options in privately owned neighborhoods.

Housing authority officials say although section eight housing offers affordable options it sometimes gets a bad name.

"I think a lot of it is historical, back to when public housing was first developed, and most of them were developed in low and moderate income neighborhoods," said Franklin.

"There are options out there, there are waiting list but there's also, that we refer people to, which I think is a wonderful resource and I think some people are reluctant to maybe call but section 8, there are resources for section 8 housing," said Duke.

"There are options, we need more affordable housing options in the Wiregrass area, there's no doubt what so ever about that but there are more options than you might think," aid Duke.

"I don't know where the families would live if we did not have these apartments or section eight vouchers available to them. they would probably be living in substandard conditions," said Franklin.

211 officials say they get calls every day about people looking for affordable housing options.


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