News 12 first at five, December 21, 2007
Augusta, GA---"I just know I'm not safe, and I want to go where I am." Shannon Donahue has lived in Gilbert Manor, a local housing project, for a few years now.
That's long enough Shannon says to know that a house isn't always a home. After a series of meetings... Housing and Urban Development confirmed Friday the people of Gilbert Manor must go to make room for the sprawling Medical College of Georgia.
"It's about time...I've been waiting for this since the last 3 or 4 meetings," said Shannon.
She has some boxes already packed. Shannon is not alone when it comes to celebrating...so is the college.
"It's a very important step for M.C.G. We have been land-locked. We have been expanding all of our academic programs, our clinical programs, and our research programs...this is gonna make it possible for us to continue to expand into the future," said President Daniel Rahn.
The Augusta Housing Authority is footing the bill to relocate 250 residents. The cost would be about $300,000. Come January, Shannon will have 90 days to move out.
"It won't take me long. I don't have that much to pack, and I will be done most likely by the end of the week."
There are about 278 units at Gilbert Manor. There is no central air and heat just a wall unit that's expected to heat the whole house. The Augusta Housing Authority says it's time to move into the 21st century."
"It was designed to be lived in in the 40s and the 50s, well here we are in the 2000s and our standards of living have all been raised and like wise the standard of living for the people of public housing also should be raised." said Bob Young with H.U.D.
Shannon says she couldn't agree more. And there's just one thing left to say, "I say thank you for this Christmas gift. Thank God for it."