Despite the poverty, deteriorated housing conditions, unemployment and high crime rate that has characterized this area, there are redeeming values and assets that offer the community hope for a transformation.
Anniston has already begun the initial planning process with the creation of the West Anniston Master Plan (WAMP). This plan builds upon extensive planning undertaken over the past six years by the Anniston Housing Authority (AHA), the City of Anniston and Anniston City Schools (ACS).
The WAMP established the West Anniston Advisory Committee, which consists of representatives from the Housing Authority, Anniston City Schools, City Government, residents, community stakeholders, health & wellness professionals, public safety and business owners.
The AHA, City of Anniston and ACS have entered into an interlocal cooperative agreement for the revitalization of West Anniston. Components of the transformation process are being implemented by AHA and its key partners. The Housing Authority’s plan will include the replacement of 102 severely distressed public housing units with new and renovated affordable housing throughout the West Anniston community. Improving education, economic development and health and wellness are key components of the WAMP.
Essential funds are needed to continue the unified planning process to address the barriers to prosperity in the West Anniston area. The specific funding request below describes various funding opportunities not only for West Anniston, but for opportunities to balance the need for affordable housing throughout Anniston.
Cooper Homes Redevelopment
Affordable Housing for the Elderly
RAD was created in order to give public housing authorities (PHAs) a powerful tool to preserve and improve public housing properties and address the $26 billion nationwide backlog of deferred maintenance. RAD also gives owners of three HUD “legacy” program (Rent Supplement, Rental Assistance Payment, and Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation) the opportunity to enter into long-term contracts that facilitate the financing of improvements.
In 2002, the Anniston Housing Authority created the Housing Development Corporation (HDC), a non-profit 501 (c)(3). The HDC offers affordable housing rental options for the West Anniston area. With over 1200 housing units that are vacant, blighted or have tax liens, the HDC provides an opportunity for the City of Anniston and the Housing Authority to work in tandem, to acquire many of these properties for the transformation of West Anniston.
The Anniston Housing Authority is in the process of implementing a Homeownership plan for participants currently on the Housing Choice Voucher program who are receiving rental assistance.
Th Homeownership Voucher Program is for families who currently have a voucher. The Housing Authority will be able to use that voucher to pay for monthly homeownership expenses.