City selling family homeless housing

The Emergency Shelter grant from the state Department of Community Affairs funds the city's homeless family shelter program.

Albany, Ga. The city of Albany is shifting the way it provides emergency housing for homeless families.

The city will be holding two public hearings on July 12 to explain to the public why and how it will be changing the program that helps put a temporary roof over the heads of homeless families.

"We want to put (homeless families) in a more secure environment, because of the locations of those units and the challenges for that area, we didn't' feel it would be the best place for them to be placed," Latoya Cutts, director of the city's Community and Economic Development Department said.

The city will attempt to sell the two buildings, 15-unit structures near the intersection of South Davis Street and Highland Avenue and will switch the program to a voucher-based program that will allow families to stay for up to 30 days in under-booked area hotels.

The program, which is funded through a grant from Georgia's Department of Community Affairs, is limited to homeless families and not individuals seeking transitional housing, Cutts said.

During those 30 days, the state requires the city to provide case management and financial counseling to help the families avoid returning to the streets when their time in the program is up.

"We have to look at their budget, we have to look at what caused them to be homeless in the first place so they don't end up back out on the streets," Cutts said. "The key is to connect them to resources to help them so they're not going at it alone."

Those resources are typically other state agencies, non-profit organizations and faith-based centers.

The public hearings are set for noon and 5:30 p.m. on July 12 at the Microbusiness Enterprise Business Center on South Jackson Street next to the civil rights park.


whattheheck 3 years, 5 months ago

In other words, crime makes the location a poor choice for transitional units so when we sell them for use as "other housing", the residents can deal with it on a full time basis. . But an unmentioned problem was when folks go into the units, it was very hard to get them out and the "temporary" aspect wasn't there. So let's give them a voucher in the "roach motels" where the winos and sex offenders live and at the end of the 30 days, well, just boot them out. Solving problems in 30 day increments. Still, it makes we wonder if one of the "under booked" motels will be the Hilton to funnel money to "protect" our investment.


jglass 3 years, 5 months ago

I hate to seem heartless, but is this another reason the city has no funds. It seems like there are handouts upon handouts. I know people need assistance at times, but it seems like the assistance in some cases turns out to be a way of life for so many people. I don't quite understand the deal with the location, maybe it is not a good area, but putting people up in hotels for 30 days won't that be quite a bit more expensive for us taxpaying citizens. And, who is to say they will not mess up the hotels and will they stay in kitchenettes? If not I guess we will also pay for their food as well.


Cartman 3 years, 5 months ago

If I owned a hotel, I wouldn't do it. The Heritage House was tempted by and fell for secure government revenue by letting ASU students use the hotel as a temporary dormitory. It was so abused that it was never able to operate as a hotel again after that. This voucher idea sounds even worse. It's like letting your hotel go Section 8. Why are government funds used to provide housing in the first place? This is not a role of government and is never efficiently implemented. Just don't do it. We can't afford it.


whattheheck 3 years, 5 months ago

People don't have a clue how much housing is owned or sponsored by the Albany's Department of Community & Economic Development . This program and its 30 or so units is a mere drop in the bucket. There are over 4,000 subsidized units of all kinds in Albany and this is the incubator of our poverty--we draw folks from far and near to get our virtually free housing. If memory serves correctly, our roughly 1,650 units of Sec 8 housing is about 8 times the number in Fulton, Dekalb, and Clayton counties combined. When it come to sub housing, we are number 1!


Sister_Ruby 3 years, 5 months ago

"LaToya Cutts"??? Say no more..............Her legacy speaks for itself.


chinaberry25 3 years, 5 months ago

This is the reason Albany well never ever be a thriving city again. White and black youths are leaving droves. They both know it is a sinking ship. It will suck you down with it, so I am not going to stay. Even if I get a job, it will be menial labor at minimum wage. So I will move my hat somewhere I can be somebody. Why would an out of towner ever want to come here. And it is bye bye Marine base in the next three years. Get ready.


FlunkyMonkey 3 years, 5 months ago

This city is run by a bunch of fools--not just fools, but stupid fools.


dingleberry 3 years, 5 months ago

Why not just admit it never was really transitional--how do you evict a "homeless" family. Burn these places down or else we just create another slum landlord property. Send those who qualify for "homeless help" to Mt Olive Community Outreach to put in the old Marine housing HUD gave them specifically for that use in the Georgia Ave/ Boyette Village East complex. Oh that's right, they likely don't have money for to pay rent in the amounts being paid by those living there now and there is supposed to be a 12 month limit. BTW, since rent is being charged, why is the property tax exempt?


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