ALBANY — The Albany City Commission tentatively gave the go-ahead Tuesday to spend up to $100,000 in federal HUD dollars to Flint River Habitat for Humanity, which intends to use the funds to build at least two homes in Albany’s first Habitat neighborhood.
Construction Manager Jimmy Cross and Mortgage Administrator Caroline Piles of the nonprofit organization said Tuesday that the money will help them build two homes on Sunny Lane, preferably for disabled veterans.
“What we’re hoping for is to be able to build homes for veterans and, especially disabled veterans,” Cross said. “It’s a bit of a unique situation because we’ve never focused on veterans before.”
The funding request was unanimously approved by the City Commission at its work session Tuesday and was hailed as an early Christmas gift by Mayor Willie Adams.
“Amen!” he said. “For so long we’ve needed housing for our veterans and disabled veterans. This is great news.”
The city happened to own two of the three lots and has donated them to Habitat to help defray costs.
Piles said the organization is looking for a good-sized applicant pool in order to make sure that the most deserving person gets the opportunity to build and then take over the home.
Applications can be picked up at the group’s office at 717 Pine Ave. or by calling (229) 446-8199, Piles said.