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City manager talks next steps for Savannah affordable housing

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTGS) — The Chatham County Housing Coalition met for the first time in person since the start of the pandemic on Monday to discuss affordable housing plans.

Jay Melder, Savannah city manager, presented The Affordable Housing Action Plan which outlines a ten-year plan for the city’s housing initiatives.

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Thousands of evictions filed in Chatham County since CDC moratorium ended

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The courtroom was full by 8:50 a.m. Clerks have gotten smart over the course of the fall. They tell folks on the morning docket court starts at 8:45 a.m. when it really starts at 9. 

The judge’s chair sat empty as a Chatham County Sheriff’s Deputy stood in front of nine packed rows and recited the rules: turn your phones off, keep your hands out of your pockets, keep your face mask over your nose.

About half an hour into the docket, Judge Mary Kathryn Moss issued another rule when a woman spoke out of turn: “If you can’t control yourself, the court will control you,”

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How much affordable housing is enough? Chatham Park plan could face a vote Monday.

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Pittsboro’s Board of Commissioners could consider a developer’s offer Monday to add 1,650 affordable homes and apartments to the 7,068-acre Chatham Park development or donate 93 acres of land to the town.

The board also is expected to decide the fate of the North Chatham Parkway, which is routed through a neighborhood outside of Chatham Park’s boundaries but surrounded by the development.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday and will be available online at tinyurl.com/ez768kre.

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Nonprofit helps young adults in foster care, needs Pooler housing

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Deborah Harris knows firsthand the importance of obtaining housing and life skills for young adults close to aging out of the foster care system.

Harris, 18, is getting that help and more from the Pooler nonprofit Gilliard & Company Independent Living Program.

G&Co provides housing and life skills for youth opting to remain in foster care at age 18 until their 21st birthday. Challenges young adults face if they exit foster care right at 18 are homelessness, sex trafficking, jail imprisonment, substance abuse and death by suicide or homicide.

G&Co provides a much-needed way for young adults to transition into independence and self-sufficiency after foster care. 

G&Co ILP provides all expenses for apartment-style housing complete with rent, utilities, groceries, furniture, access to extracurricular activities and more for ages 18 to 21. G&Co staff assist each young adult in seeking higher education, as well as connect them with employers.

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SCAD’s purchase of former apartment building highlights need for affordable housing

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Savannah’s College of Art and Design is now the new owner of a former low-income apartment building.

Chatham Apartments, located near downtown Savannah on Abercorn Street, was once home to more than 200 tenants. It was one of the city’s largest low-income housing buildings for elderly and disabled people.

“It’s a pity more than anything, it’s just a shame, it’s moving our efforts backward,” said John Neely with the Chatham County Housing Coalition.

QR Capital, an Atlanta-based firm, bought the building in December 2019. News 3 spoke to residents who were worried about what’s next.

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