Alexandria Housing Authority to revamp public housing

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Hundreds of Alexandria residents will be seeing big changes to their residence.The Alexandria Housing Authority will use tens of millions of dollars to refurbish housing units. In total, $67 million.

"This is the largest redevelopment new construction project in the life of the Alexandria Housing Authority," said Joseph Paige, Executive Director for the Alexandria Housing Authority.

The money will be used to renovate more than 580 units as well as create more than 170 units to the nine locations the housing authority manages. A much needed boost to units that haven't seen a major update in decades. The oldest complex dates back to the 1940’s.

"Replace all the windows, paint the bricks and give it a different look,” said Page. “The doors will be a different color to break away from the cookie cutter look."

The construction project that's part of HUD’s Rental Demonstration Assistance program or RAD will start in early 2018 and take around 18 months to complete. The money comes from several outlets including housing authority money, bonds and borrowing from private lenders.

"It will not only help us to get new affordable housing but also will have an economic impact," said Page.

That includes new jobs. Central Louisiana Technical Community College is partnering with the housing authority. Their plan is to host a job fair for residents and locals to work on the project.

"Hopefully we'll have a lot of people gain employment and we also look to do customized training with the employers that will be working on the project," said Tiffany Howard, Workforce Project Manager for CLTCC.

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