"We have a lot of elderly people who live over here. We also have a lot of children who want to go out and play. But we have a lot of people who come into the area who the kids are afraid off," said Simmons.
Albany High school is one block away. And loitering is such a big issue that Simmons removed the playground from the courtyard to help prevent some of it. "We don't want to see the loitering of the teenagers that are hanging around. We want everyone to feel safe."
"We are looking at a gated community or that kind of approach, and we are looking at improving landscaping on the overall site," said Executive Director, Dan McCarthy said.
These are just two of several projects that are underway and will be paid for by the Capital Fund Program of the stimulus bill. The housing authority also plans to install central air conditioning units.
"We are taking plans that are in out years like 2010 and 2011 of 2012 like replacing old windows where we will be going in and putting in energy efficient models," said McCarthy.
"Energy efficient especially because with the central air," said Simmons. "You are going to burn more energy, and this will help save the tenants a little bit of money." Simmons says these improvements will help the community
"Kids need a place where they can play together and be safe. And with the new windows and air condition units, I just want to see us prosper like the private sector. Especially in the city of Albany where there continues to be huge demand for affordable housing.
The Albany Housing Authority houses more than 25-hundred people who live in its 1125 apartments.
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