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New housing development opens for residents 55+

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - A new housing development in Greenville sets the stage for the future of low income housing.
     
Public housing lenders say, with constant cuts to Section-8 and HUD grants, seniors need somewhere to turn.

Friday, the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency unveiled a new 68-unit development for seniors just off Hooker Road.
      
Ellsworth Commons features six buildings with one to two bedroom apartments.
     
To qualify to live there, you have to be over the age of 55 and making less than $23,000 dollars.
     
The safe and affordable neighborhood is exactly what Jeanette Howell was looking for. She says she felt right at home the moment she moved in.

“You know, when you get older, you want a safe environment,” said Howell. “And this community here provides that.”

“It's good that we found someone who thought of people and realized that a big population of people 55 and over deserve decent places to live, not just projects, but decent places to live,” agreed Charlotte Forjoe.

The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency says there aren't many properties like this in the east but say they are working hard to change that.

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