South Georgia Community to Get New Affordable Housing

Debra Copeland has lived in government housing for years, and says the units are ideal for folks on a fixed income, but personally because of her situation it's a blessing.

"Right now I'm not working anywhere because I'm taking care of my dad and by the housing being as low as it is helping me a lot, because I'm able to still pay at my place and stay here with my dad also," says Debra.

A federal grant gives hundreds of Georgians just like Copeland the same opportunity. Cairo's city manager says the grant expedites the building of a complex that's in the early stages by the southeastern housing development group.

"Right now they are talking about building 56 units. They will be garden style type of apartments. How much the actual funding ends up being and rent levels happens to be, and qualifications are we're not sure of that just yet," says David Smith, Cairo City Manager.

Copeland says this will help a lot of local people, and says it should have been done a long time ago.

"But, the best time is the present, I mean it's never too late you can always make the community better at all times," adds Copeland.

Officials say there are still many details to be worked out for the new apartments, to be located off Highway 93. They hope construction will start by the end of the year.