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LMHA Announces Opening of Collingwood Green Phase III

Sojourner’s Truth Staff

Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) announced the grand opening of Collingwood Green Phase II on Monday, February 10 with a press conference in the mixed income community near the Toledo central business district. The development will add 55 additional 2-, 3- and 4- bedroom family apartments within eight new buildings.

Twenty-eight of the apartments are HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Transfer of Assistance rental units. The RAD program allows public housing authorities to convert public housing unites to Project Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) or Project Based Voucher (PBV) rental units. The remaining 27 unites are Low Income Housing Tax Credit rental units.

Thirty-four apartments and five of the eight buildings have been completed since construction started in November of 2018. The remaining 21 units are scheduled to be finished this spring.

“There is an affordable housing crisis,” said LMHA President and CEO Demetria Simpson, as she opened Monday’s press conference. The LMHA waiting list is now 2,000 applicants long, she said speaking of the “aggressive approach” the local housing authority is taking to solving the crisis.

The Phase III project brought together $19 million in funding from various partners such as Low Income Housing Tax Credits, City of Toledo HOME Funds, HUD FHA 221 (d)(4), LMHA Capital Fund Program and Turnkey funds.

Phase I of the Collingwood Green project began in 2012 with 65 units for senior citizens; Phase II in 2015 with 68 two and three-bedroom family units

Soon to come is Phase IV which will include a mixture of commercial space, play area for children, a community building – the “wraparound support” system, as Simpson described it.

“We’re building a community here,” said Bill Brennan, LMHA board president, during his remarks, “an urban village with everything anyone would need.”

Pamela Ashby, field director for HUD, noted that public housing complexes everywhere are similar in appearance and easy to spot. However, the newly designed Collingwood Green complex is strikingly different from the typical public housing complexes, many of which are seven to eight decades old.

“How wonderful to see such a development as this,” she said.

“This is truly a remarkable development,” said U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur as she echoed early sentiments about how difficult it is for so many to find affordable housing. She pointed to the issues facing families and children during such a housing crisis.

“It is a terrible burden our youth bear in this community,” said Kaptur.

LMHA was established in 1933 and currently has 2,633 public housing units, 4,657 housing choice vouchers, 322 low income housing tax credit units, 198 market rate unites and 107 homeownership properties, housing approximately 17,500 residents.



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Revised: 02/13/20 09:09:13 -0500.

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