COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., GA-02, announced Wednesday that the Columbus Housing Authority will receive $837,119 in housing voucher grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist with the Booker T. Washington Development renewal project, a low-income housing development scheduled for demolition.
The housing choice vouchers will allow low-income families to lease or purchase safe and affordable privately-owned housing.
"These vouchers will provide a fresh start for families in Columbus who need safe and affordable housing," Congressman Bishop said. "The vouchers will also make a big difference in rejuvenating the community by continuing the reconstruction of one of the oldest public housing facilities in Georgia."
"The Columbus Housing Authority is excited to be receiving HUD's housing vouchers," said Len Williams, Executive Director at the Columbus Housing Authority. "The vouchers will allow us to move ahead with the Booker T. Washington project by providing relocation assistance for the residents."
Under the administration of the Columbus Housing Authority, the Booker T. Washington Apartments include 392 one- to three-bedroom units.
After the demolition, 200 new units will be built with sections dedicated for use by families and senior citizens.