Millions Needed to Fix Low Income Housing in Fayetteville

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Millions of dollars are needed to fix up low incoming housing in Fayetteville, but the Housing Authority said its hands are tied after getting far less than needed from federal funding. 

About $280,000, that’s how how much the Fayetteville Authority Board can spend from HUD in it’s five year plan.

“The pipes in this building are outdated. Before they mandated no lead pipes,” said Cindy Hemmer, who lives in one of the apartments that’s maintained by federal money. 

Hemmer has lived at Hillcrest Towers for 5 years.

“We’re elderly. We are disabled. And we are low low income.” said Hemmer.”I don’t see them getting this whole building done with the amount of money they’re talking about.”

Hemmer said she’s worried about the conditions of the building.

“It’s unnerving every time you turn around the maintenance are beating on your door telling you your bathroom is leaking downstairs on your neighbor,” said Hemmer. “This is going to be the third or fourth time the ceiling has to be fixed in the shower.”

Fayetteville Housing Board Commissioner Mike Emery said knowing all the work that needs to be done, without the funds, is frustrating.

“Things are slipping through, and get worse over the years,” said Emery. “The community, the city, anything we can get would help.”

Emery said the board has applied for an emergency grant for $3,4 million to fix up these apartments.

But a year later, it hasn’t heard back.

“We are trying to find sources of funding anywhere we can at the moment,” said Emery.

Hemmer said she hopes something can be done, because this place is all she has.

“This is where we will live until either we go into nursing homes, or we die,” explained Hemmer.

The board’s next meeting is July 27th, where it hopes to figure out different ways, besides federal funding, to pay for these projects.

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