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Aberdeen Housing Authority announces $8.5 million upgrades

The director says improvements are badly needed.

Posted: Oct 24, 2018 10:15 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2018 9:07 AM

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - Expensive upgrades are coming to the Aberdeen Housing Authority totaling $8.5 million.

The director says improvements are badly needed.

Denise Dobbs, the director of Aberdeen Housing Authority, says they have been trying to get a tax credit approval since 2012. It was just approved this past August.

"We need housing here desperately," Dobbs said. "We need to give Aberdeen a facelift on that side of town."

Dobbs says the tax credit is for $7.5 million and that the tax property is costing $8.5 million. She says they are using a loan to make up the difference for construction costs. 

"That's the reason we had to go after the tax credit, because HUD is kind of like lessening the funding that they give housing authority," the director explained.

Forty-eight units are set to be built at Canal Street and S.J. Jones Circle after 24 buildings are torn down in January. Officials say they will be managed by New Horizons Development.   

During construction, HUD says residents will be given tenant protection vouchers where they can live temporarily within or outside the city limits.

New amenities will include a playground and upgraded parking. These are benefits that residents say they are happy to see.

Houses for one thing, needs upgrading and they need to open something for kids to play in," said resident Donnie McDonald. "Some type of activity for kids."

Construction is set to be complete in March of 2020.

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