Nearly 20 families in the Augusta area ? including one person who has assets worth $214,902 ? are living in public housing even though their annual income exceeds eligibility requirements.
In January 2011, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development insured a mortgage issued to Augusta Hills Nursing Home. At the time, the facility had a three-star rating. But one month later, the facility's ranking dropped to one star.
Emergency housing leaders proposed opening a centralized resource facility to more quickly and effectively connect community outreach programs with the city's homeless population.
Preliminary findings of a 2015 count released Friday show Augusta's homeless population has decreased by nearly half in the past two years, but one city official said it's too soon to celebrate.
Freedom's Path, a $10.5 million public-housing project being built on the uptown campus of Augusta's Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, is slightly behind schedule but should be under way by the fall.
State Rep. Barbara Sims said she is satisfied to leave a legacy that includes advancing transportation, school choice and the needs of Georgia Regents University during a decade in the Georgia House.
As he leaves office after nine years, Mayor Deke Copenhaver said his ability to stay out of controversy was an asset to Augusta, while critics called it his biggest weakness.
Augusta residents have a chance to tell city leaders how they think federal housing funds should be used to improve the community.
Chester Wheeler, who oversaw pricey consulting contracts for the Laney-Walker and Bethlehem redevelopment effort and relocation of Hyde Park residents, has resigned.
Federal funding for local homeless programs decreased by $552 this year compared to 2014, which community leaders hope to offset in the future by expanding the city's homeless count into south Augusta.