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Public housing need outweighs the supply

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

August 29, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The demand for public housing in Albany far outweighs the supply.

The Albany Housing Authority has 1,085 apartments available throughout the city, including 90 at the Hudson Malone Towers. Although 30 apartments are currently vacant, they are simply being prepared for other residents to move in. Actually, right now almost 1,300 people are on the waiting list to get in to public housing. As the economy continues to decline, residents are staying in the units longer, which means people on the waiting list, will be there a long time.

"We are seeing people starting to hang in a little bit more, where they may have made a choice to move out, now they may say, well, I better hold on to what I've got," said Dan McCarthy, Executive Director.

There is no time limit as to how long people can stay in the apartments, so long as they meet all the eligibility requirements.