Frank Wilson, Albany Housing Authority Chairman (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Albany residents with criminal backgrounds may soon be able to apply for public housing.
Members of the Housing Authority voted tonight to allow residents with a criminal record to have access to housing.
The amendment was added to the five year action plan.
Chairman Frank Wilson said before tonight, they had a zero tolerance policy.
However, residents who sell drugs like meth will not be allowed to apply for public housing.
"We'll be looking at folks on a case-by-case something when a kid was 18 opposed to now that they're 30 will be looked at differently as it was before. So we're very excited because we're opening up opportunities for folks to have good housing," said Frank Wilson, Albany Housing Authority Chairman.
Albany Housing Authority is also looking at ways to provide public housing for residents with mental health issues.
Separately, members said next year they're looking to convert public housing into rental demonstration program which means those properties will be placed at a competitive market value.
Those locations haven't been identified but the project is expected to cost about $800 and $5,000.