City leaders, community celebrate new affordable housing development (Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority)

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February 19th, 2020

From the Toledo Blade:

The remarks of “Wow!” and “Look at that!” kept coming as person after person walked through the door of the three-bedroom apartment. They pointed at the high ceilings, the modern light fixtures, the walk-in closets, and the breakfast bar.

The apartment tour on Monday proved that affordable housing is changing in Toledo. Where drab, barrack-style housing long sat, colorful, spacious housing has now been built.

It’s the first time the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority, which has more than 2,700 public housing units across Lucas County, has demolished a site and entirely rebuilt it. On Monday, a group of community leaders, elected officials, and LMHA residents gathered to celebrate the third phase of what is now called Collingwood Green.

“Ten years ago a vision was realized: The redevelopment of Albertus Brown and Brand Whitlock homes. It was the new beginning of what was once referred to as ‘The Projects,’ a new look for public housing,” said Demetria Simpson, LMHA’s president and CEO. “Over the last eight years, the community has witnessed this vision come to life.”

Read the Toledo Blade's article "City leaders, community celebrate new affordable housing development," featuring the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority.

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