Gilbert Manor residents given time-line to move

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 first at five, December 27, 2007

Augusta, GA---"This is a true, true blessing." Felicia Rogers is a single mother of seven. She has kids ranging in age from 3 to 17. She says news of Gilbert Manor residents having to move hits home. Felicia and her children relocated just 2 years ago.

It was a time when she was a self-proclaimed couch potato. "Yes, I was...I'm not gone tell a story from 2000 to 2005, and then when I got into this program it started motivating me and I started school and it was motivating me from then on."

The program is offered through the housing authority. It is called Residential Opportunities for Self Sufficiency. It has made a big difference in Felicia's life. "I finally got up and said I got to do something with my life. I'm getting older, I got kids...they gonna be looking at me and saying mom's not this... mom's not that, so I said I gotta pick it up. My kids are so proud of me from this point."

Jennings Place is home for Felicia now, and it's one of 13 options for Gilbert Manor residents along with a section 8 voucher. The housing authority says they're trying to make this a smooth transition.

"The sale of Gilbert Manor is inevitable. There are a few people, some of the elderly in particular that have some anxiety and that's what we're trying to do is ease that anxiety for them," says Harden Oldfield.

The housing authority is even working with the Medical College of Georgia to offer entry level positions to Gilbert Manor residents.

"We want to be apart of the community instead of being apart from the community so in all of our planning process from the day we walked in working with the housing authority on Gilbert manor we wanted this to be a positive experience for all that it touched," says Michael Ash with M.C.G. Felicia knows first hand that moving can be challenging, but that you can make a move for the better. "Oh yes you really can, really can and i just thank god that it ended up this way."

The housing authority says they will foot the bill to move each resident...the cost about $200,000 dollars. They also say they are prepared to provide one on one counseling for all residents. Now here are the options...residents can move to one of 13 additional housing developments or they can receive a Section 8 housing voucher.

About 250 families will have to relocate. 75 families asked for vouchers, 33 families asked for the option of a voucher and/or public housing, and 146 families asked to move to another public housing development. Families will be mailed a notice to vacate next week. They will have 90 days to move.

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  • by unknown Location: augusta on Jan 10, 2008 at 10:00 AM
    we're not being forced out, we're being sold out. they come to us and try to sell us out for a dollar and a dream. a lot of people don't really know all the facts about what's really going how so don't be so quick to make judgement. they making all these promises about what will be given and received but they have nothing to back that up. no one is getting a free house.
  • by unknown Location: augusta on Dec 28, 2007 at 04:55 PM
    For those who want to get out that good.If you dont leave your gonna be force out anyway.So take what you can get before you wont have a choice. As far as ms.Rogers goes she is milking the system for whatever she can get. Yes she has 7 kids but all of them dont live with her they are scattered out,and the baby daddy live with her so she dont need to act like a single parent when the father of some of her kids stay with her. So people dont feed into the single parent thing with her. I know people in Gilbert that really need to take a chance and leave. Dont be scared to make a change in life.Quinn M. good for you get your kids and leave.
  • by AJ Location: Augusta on Dec 28, 2007 at 11:45 AM
    As a new person to Augusta, I find it very irritating to read articles, advertisements, etc. that do not have proper addresses. Where in Augusta is Gilbert Manor? I assume that it is some where near MCG. But Augusta is a large place and it could be anywhere.
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