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Affordable housing is coming to Albany for Senior Citizens

Roosevelt Toomer, Senior Citizen Roosevelt Toomer, Senior Citizen
Shelena Hawkins, Department of Community and Economic Development Director Shelena Hawkins, Department of Community and Economic Development Director
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

More affordable housing for seniors will soon be available in Albany.  

60-year-old Roosevelt Toomer lives in a home on Dewey Street in East Albany and says it's difficult to afford.  

"I'm on disability. I get a check once a month, just enough to pay bills and buy something to eat," said Roosevelt Toomer.  

Toomer's left leg was amputated a year a half ago because of his diabetes.   

"I was working two or three jobs when I had both legs back then, but then when you cut that two or three checks out and live off something like $1200 a month, it's hard," said Toomer.  

A new housing option could soon be available to him.  A groundbreaking celebration was held Friday just around the corner from Toomer on Broadway street where a $1.5 million senior duplex center will be built.   

"They'll consist of one and two bedroom handicap accessible units. Some seniors may have the need for a caregiver in the home and some seniors that may have custody of grandchildren," said Shelena Hawkins, Department of Community and Economic Development Director.   T

he city acquired the land in 2002 and saw a need for affordable housing.  

"We have an aging population and with our seniors affordability of housing is a challenge," said Hawkins.  

Hawkins says the three phase project puts seniors close to downtown.  

"Also access to the downtown area where your governmental services and things are," said Hawkins.  

Toomer says he plans to apply for the housing.  

"If it's affordable.. Yeah I'll be the first one to want to get in," said Toomer.  

Construction is expected to start within 120 days and be completed within 6 to 9 months.        City officials also hope to partner with landlords in that area to renovate vacant rental properties. You can apply for the housing by calling 229-483-7694.

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