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Stimulus money funds affordable housing

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Dozens of people in Albany will get affordable housing and job training thanks to federal stimulus money.

Albany's Department of Community and Economic Development received more than $200,000 to provide homes to families in need of a place to live.

A transitional housing complex in South Albany is home to nearly 15 families.

The housing grant also provides literacy and job training and educational opportunities for people who may not be able to afford them.

"It helps a great deal and wehave to identify they're indeed homeless," said Community Development Planner Shelena Hawkins. "Basically they come to us literally with the clothes on their back and their children."

Albany received a similar amount for the transitional housing program from the federal government last year. 137 local programs throughout Georgia will get a total of $25.3million in grants.

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