In hopes of clearing up the misconception expressed in a Jan. 30 letter to the editor, the mission of the Housing Authority of the City of Charleston is to provide decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing to low- and moderate-income citizens of the city.
The Housing Authority currently provides assistance to over 4.000 households, roughly 9 percent of Charleston’s population. The Housing Authority is best known for the affordable homes it provides to lower income families. But it is also important to know that the authority provides the same assistance to the moderate wage earner.
During the past few years the Charleston Housing Authority has constructed 28 new two- and three-bedroom town homes on Daniel Island, added 13 new two-bedroom brick duplexes on the Enston Homes property, and completely renovated the 1940s-era St. Charles two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom cottages on King Street.
Currently, the Housing Authority is completing 41 apartments, each one bedroom, for elderly residents (age 62-plus) on Ansonborough Field (what is being called Gadsdenboro Park) within a few blocks of the State Ports Authority Property referenced in the Jan. 30 letter.
These new homes will be tailored for “aging in place” allowing seniors to be involved in the downtown community, within walking distance of the aquarium, parks, a grocery store, a pharmacy and shopping.
Without anyone having to “win the lottery” the Housing Authority is continuing to fill a void which is growing in our community, the need for affordable housing for our aging population, who may no longer be able to afford to live downtown because of the rise in property values, and corresponding rents.
The new apartments, each with a porch and access by elevator to the rooftop community center, will enjoy the vistas of Charleston including the Ravenel Bridge. The current residents as well as future residents can take comfort in knowing their rent will remain affordable because the homes are owned by the Housing Authority, which is not as susceptible to market forces and rising property values and, over time, will continue to make it possible for its senior residents to remain.
The Housing Authority is excited to have the opportunity to address the needs of this important segment of Charleston’s resident community and appreciates the continued assistance of the city staff, neighbors, contractors, architects and supporters in making these homes a reality this year.
Henry M. Williams, Chair
Edward Kronsberg, Vice Chair
Housing Authority of the City of Charleston