Crestview Housing Authority improving properties to change public opinion


J.T. Grandstaff, a Crestview Housing Authority maintenance worker, paints inside a rentable unit. CHA staffers said they have made numerous housing improvements in the past seven years.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 01:53 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Crestview Housing Authority staffers say they are working to challenge unfavorable opinions about affordable housing.

"We really want to change the public's perspective of us," CHA Executive Director Judy Adams said.

"Unfortunately, people have an idea that we are a project," CHA program analyst David Clark said.

The CHA — which manages 273 housing units with up to five bedrooms in the Lakeview Drive, Virginia Court and West Edney Drive areas — receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Eligibility for housing depends on a household’s financial situation and size, Clark said.

"In our area, a single-person household that makes less than $36,000 (a year) is eligible for housing," he said.

Within the past seven years, CHA maintenance staffers have upgraded units — some built as far back as the 1960s — on the outside and inside. They’ve set new driveways, walking paths and metal roofing, and have added new door locks and energy efficient windows.

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