News12 at 6 o'clock/ Oct. 21, 2013
Augusta,Ga---Housing Authority officials tell News12 there is a lot of bad information about them not helping people relocate from the government subsidized housing. They are setting the record straight.
"The Housing Authority is doing a portion of the training. You know clearly it's not enough training," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.
"We are exactly doing our job. We are going beyond our job to make sure these people are comfortable," said AHA Director of Resident Services.
Terry Mcrae is one of a dozen residents who say they're not sure about how the relocation process will work. "I will be glad when they are able to place me," said Cherry Tree Resident Terry Mcrae.
It's Buddy Oldfield's job to relocate more than 300 families currently living in Cherry Tree Crossing Apartments. He says they've held four classes and spent two weeks with residents telling them what to expect.
"For instance, some residents have reported they don't have money to move. It's not true, we're providing the company or the money," said
The Shiloh Community Center recently received a $70,000 federal grant. We're told the money will go a long way at the center. It will be used to help those relocate from Cherry Tree and those affected by the 15th Street Wideing project.
"We now have computer systems that will allow them to come in and utilize. Mrs. Jones is doing resume creation for them as well," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.
For some, a little extra help could go a long way.