SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - Public housing renters in Worth County will soon get much-needed upgrades both inside and outside their units.
The Sylvester Housing Authority will have a new way of receiving funding, through the federal Housing and Urban Development's "Rental Assistance Demonstration" Program, or RAD.
Once the deal is done later this year, RAD will ensure SHA is fully funded every year for 20 years.
One major project SHA Executive Director Michael W. Allen, Sr. wants to do with the new program is to upgrade each individual unit.
That will include new flooring, plumbing, and landscaping among other improvements.
Allen said it's all part of giving each resident a good place to live, so they can experience life as normal.
"Having a decent, safe and sanitary housing is very important to not only people in public housing but America as a whole," Allen explained.
Allen said right now SHA is hoping to close on the agreement in October or November, and the upgrades wouldn't start until after that.
The Sylvester Housing Authority has 260 units.
According to Allen, SHA is working on proposing a plan to build another property to provide affordable housing specifically for senior citizens, thanks to the RAD program.
He said that property would be 100 new units, but the Sylvester Housing Authority is still in the initial planning stages for that project.