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Lee Co. public housing gets upgrades after failing inspection

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Albany Housing Authority Executive Director Roman Velasquez (Source: WALB) Albany Housing Authority Executive Director Roman Velasquez (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Lee County Housing Authority members made needed upgrades to its public housing after recently failing an inspection. 

The authority scored below 60 with the Real Estate Assessment Center due to poor upkeep of the units.

Many of them had broken windows, broken doorstops and holes in the wall.

Staff corrected all of the problems to get the score back above 90 and is currently ensuring all employees are certified on inspections to prevent future deficiencies. 

The department also made personnel changes that could save the county $30,000. 

"An ease in that transition so it won't happen overnight but by October 1 we will have that transition there and we will have things in place so a property manager can effectively manage the portfolio," said Albany Housing Authority Executive Director Roman Velasquez. 

The committee falls under Albany Housing Authority and the Executive Director looked at ways to reduce the overall costs. 

Right now, there are two managers overseeing the 98 units in Lee County.

The authority decided to gradually move one of the property managers to Albany Housing Authority.

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