Augusta Housing Authority gets final OK to demolish Cherry Tree Crossing

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It’s official – Cherry Tree Crossing will soon be history.

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Constance Glover, 31, and her son Julius, 5, moved into Cherry Tree Crossing in February.  The housing authority will help tenants relocate.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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Constance Glover, 31, and her son Julius, 5, moved into Cherry Tree Crossing in February. The housing authority will help tenants relocate.

Augusta Housing Authority received final approval Monday from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to demolish
the public housing complex on 15th Street and replace it with modern, mixed-income apartments using tax credits.

The housing authority announced plans in October to raze Cherry Tree Crossing pending HUD approval. The application for demolition was submitted in mid-May.

By the end of the week, tenants will receive a required notice giving 90 days before the housing authority can begin relocating them, said Buddy Oldfield, the director of resident services. Residents can move out before the three-month mark if they waive their rights to the waiting period.

Of the 388 total units, 357 are occupied by 1,013 people.

Relocating the residents could take from six months to nine months, possibly longer, Oldfield said. The length of time will depend on the number of tenants who want to move to another public housing complex or accept a Section 8 voucher.

“We are not going to throw them out on day 91,” Oldfield said.

For those who choose public housing, the housing authority must wait to relocate them until a unit matching their need for bedroom space is available, Oldfield said.

Mary Morris, 24, said she’s ready to move out of Cherry Tree Crossing, where she has lived her entire life, and make a home elsewhere for her two children.

“It’s just somewhere to stay until I can get a better place, get a better job and get out of public housing,” Morris said.

Her mother, Cheryl Morris, has lived at Cherry Tree Crossing since 1979. She’s also ready to go but hasn’t decided where she wants to live.

“I don’t know where I need to settle down at,” Morris said, adding that the housing authority has kept residents well informed since the plans were first announced last year.

Beginning immediately, the housing authority is advising residents of their options for new housing and the procedures for relocating. Informational meetings for residents are Thursday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Cherry Tree Crossing community room.

Next week, tenants considering Section 8 vouchers for new housing will meet with housing author­ity representatives. Then, screening and counseling sessions with each tenant will begin to determine housing choice.

“Once we start the moving process, it’s going to be moving and moving until we get the last one out,” Oldfield said.
He said a date for demolition has not been determined. The housing authority will take as long as necessary to relocate tenants.

The housing authority will pay for a moving company to relocate each resident or reimburse tenants who chose to move themselves, Oldfield said. They will also provide boxes and packing materials and pay fees for transferring utilities.

Constance Glover, 31, moved into Cherry Tree Cros­sing in February. She’s not looking forward to moving again but does want to live in a house with more privacy than the current housing project.

“It’s kind of aggravating,” Glover said about relocating. “I just moved in not too long ago. It’s like I’m not stable.”

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/07/13 - 04:48 am
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A Job And A Garden

I do understand growing up poor and I don’t want to give advice to everyone in Cherry Tree because they are all individuals with unique circumstances, but realize there are detrimental forces at work in public housing projects. Giving people enough to live on around other similar people to prevent adverse conditions takes away ambition.

I’m convinced my greatest asset was my poor upbringing with a mother who worked in the South Carolina shirt factory making minimum wage providing the income. That job, her big garden and renting a room out in the house made us middle class.

If we face difficulties we learn to be strong and overcome the tribulations of life that are absolutely going to affect all of us. People with poor beginnings can become much sturdier than those from comfortable upbringings and overcome trials that those never challenged can’t. Don’t settle for the truck moving your possessions to yet another reservation.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/07/13 - 06:29 am
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Leaving the reservation means no more free benefits. Sad state
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of affairs. But this is how the government deals with its slaves.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/07/13 - 06:30 am
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"They Owe You a Living", the constant "sermon" from the pulpit.
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"They Owe You a Living", the constant "sermon" from the pulpit.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/07/13 - 06:32 am
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"They Owe You a Living", the constant "sermon" from the STATE.
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"They Owe You a Living", the constant "sermon" from the STATE.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/07/13 - 07:50 am
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While I am happy the residents have been afforded

the opportunity to leave a living hell created by misguided, meaning well Do- Gooder's.

Will the demons of Cherry Tree follow them to their next location.
If they are section 8'd to a subdivision type community?
Will those demons follow and take root again?

Those now leaving the failed Social Democrat Project experiment,
have had generations to develop an different subculture, where previously commonly used project area language and slang, mannerisms, interaction, style of dress, and daily activities are now inappropriate in a non-project community environment.

Normally I would suggest the government might consider a required community reorientation class for every new Section 8 assignment. But it will take more than just a community reorientation class to undo 4 or 5 generations of living in a aggressive type, almost combat zone environment.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/07/13 - 06:32 am
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"They Owe You a Living", the constant "sermon" from the parents.
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"They Owe You a Living", the constant "sermon" from the parents.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/07/13 - 08:25 am
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Best advice of all time..

If we face difficulties we learn to be strong and overcome the tribulations of life that are absolutely going to affect all of us. People with poor beginnings can become much sturdier than those from comfortable upbringings and overcome trials that those never challenged can’t..

Just like River I came up with some hard times...it made me WANT to do better in life....it gave me the WIll to work hard.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 08/07/13 - 08:45 am
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Watch out Section 8's are

Watch out Section 8's are coming your way.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/07/13 - 09:40 am
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Toilet paper too??

They will also provide boxes and packing materials and pay fees for transferring utilities.

This tells me a lot.....they are saying they will get them out come hell or high water.....now tell me ...where are they going?

I have asked for this before...a study of crime increase & section 8 housing.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/07/13 - 09:52 am
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Roger,

Demolish One, Build Another....problem solved!

PhiloPublius
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PhiloPublius 08/07/13 - 10:05 am
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Word to the wise

Destroy the nest and the roaches will still scatter.

raul
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raul 08/07/13 - 10:26 am
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@seenitB4. Check your AC

@seenitB4. Check your AC inbox for email.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/07/13 - 10:32 am
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Thank you raul...others need to read this

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/american-murder-myst...

Long but the study is worth while reading....crime spreads & the stats don't lie.....some of the reasons folks don't care for section 8 housing..

Some will come on & say this isn't true & all need a chance in life......yes we do need a chance but not at the expense of others.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/07/13 - 12:54 pm
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Cheryl Morris and I can remember when it was called

Sunset Homes! And guess what? Cherry Tree Crossing was nothing more than Sunset Homes with a new name. All of the same problems existed back then. Gilbert Manor was not tame either.

deestafford
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deestafford 08/07/13 - 01:51 pm
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I just finished the article recommended by seeinitb4 and

strongly suggest the Augusta Housing Authority and law enforcement read it and figure what they are going to do to keep the same thing from happening in Augusta if it is not already doing so.l

The idea of mixed housing is another one of those do-good-feel-good academia ideas that really doesn't make sense in reality. Why is it that someone who busts they butts to afford to live in a decent area want to live in a mixed housing with someone who is subsidized? The planners don't get it! It's not about race. It's about value systems and desires.

You may have a picnic in the mixed housing area and everyone will be there but what you will see is clusters of people with like interest, values, and desires talking with each other. There will be no mixing because they have nothing in common.

The do-gooders look at things on the macro level and not the micro level. They would never move the Section 8 people into the houses next to them. If they did, it would happen only once.

Just because you move someone out of a neighborhood doesn't mean they don't take their values and culture with them. You move Section 8 into the neighborhoods and those who can will move. The new residents won't feel welcome because a welfare person has nothing in common with the lawyer or business owner living next door. The work habits of the successful people will not rub off on the welfare people. Granted, there may be one or two who will make it but I'd bet it's less than 10
%.

deestafford
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deestafford 08/07/13 - 01:55 pm
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Just remember this:

Poverty is a state of mind and a disease.

Some can change and cure it while others can't...or won't.

southern2
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southern2 08/07/13 - 07:41 pm
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AC staff.....please consider

AC staff.....please consider an article with a line item description of how much taxpayer money it takes to annually support a local welfare family. I've read that it averages $60,000 a year. Then it would be interesting to compare it with a median income local working family. No wonder Constance is smiling in the picture above.

KSL
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KSL 08/07/13 - 07:49 pm
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dee

Exactly.

KSL
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KSL 08/07/13 - 08:26 pm
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Growing up in the 50's and

Growing up in the 50's and 60's in rural GA., things were different. There were 2 tenant huoses that a great uncle owned just down and across from our house. They were good, hard working people. The black people scattered about our small community helped raise us. The only bad boy I knew of was the grandson raised by his hard working grandfather. He would break into our house, steal our allowances and any other money lying around and cereal and candy and other sweets.

My mother deemed him to be hungry, so she often took him supper and gave him odd jobs. But he kept breaking in. The last straw was occurred when he was at our house working in the yard. For some reason he started chasing me. I jumped in my dad's car and he reached through the window as I was trying to roll it up and scratched my wrists. I was probaby 12, he 14. That was the last straw.My dad called Sheriff Lamar Potts (Google him, a very interesting guy who was played by Johnny Cash in a movie about him). Sheriff Potts personally came out and picked him up. Never saw or knew of him again, except he was sent to Reidsville, which at that time was a juvenile detention center for GA.

KSL
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KSL 08/07/13 - 09:36 pm
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I especially wish some on

I especially wish some on here who claim racism would take a look at this site. After all, it took place in a GA county in 1948, the county I grew up in from age 5 until I moved to Aiken Co. as a college grad.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/crimemyths/message/2285

corgimom
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corgimom 08/07/13 - 10:52 pm
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southern2, use the good

southern2, use the good common sense that God gave you.

$60,000 per year to live in Cherry Tree Crossing and to live that kind of life. REALLY. Those people have nothing. And I do mean nothing. They have some used furniture, some kids, and that's it.

Just because some nutcase website says something- and I saw the same nonsense- doesn't mean that it's true.

People that are on welfare live miserable lives. I mean truly miserable lives. It is barely subsistance living, there is nothing lavish about it.

I know all the stories about the EBT lobster tails and steak. I lived in a low-housing complex and I was not on welfare. I was considered very well-off. I had a car, a phone, and cable TV, and I always had food in the house, and I paid for it all myself. I was far better off than most of the people there. For those people, a big meal was chicken necks and wings.

Those people were so poor that they had to come to me for things like simple Band-Aids. I've seen homes that didn't have one single scrap of paper in them. No books, no magazines, no newspapers, no nothing, not even coloring books for the kids.

I know that it's popular right now to demonize people on welfare. I never met one person that liked living on welfare. It is awful. Nobody wants to raise their kids in those complexes, they are terrible, dangerous places. The misery there is palpable. They are depressing places to live.

Stop reading the self-serving nutcase websites. They are just come-ons to get you to donate money to their particular cause or party. They twist and slant and distort things and people believe their nonsense because they want to. The politicians want to be reelected and they would say anything if they thought it would get them votes.

The people that live in Augusta that are on welfare have very little chance of getting off of it. Substandard schools, poor education, low-paying, dead-end jobs pretty much guarantee it. There simply aren't enough jobs in Augusta for everyone. And with a 59% graduation rate- 4 out of 10 children in Augusta will NOT graduate from high school, fueling the welfare rolls in perpetuity- the rates aren't going to change anytime soon.

We are supposed to rejoice about Bass Pro and 250 jobs when 23% of Augusta's 200,000 residents live in poverty. Poverty, not just being poor. That's about 47,000 people. FORTY SEVEN THOUSAND PEOPLE in Augusta live below the poverty level.

Somebody living on welfare in Augusta would be thrilled beyond belief to live the lifestyle of a median-income Augusta family. It would be heaven on Earth to them.

Drellj1
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Drellj1 08/08/13 - 09:29 am
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It amazes me

As I'm. sitting back reading the comment trend it really amazes me how many people ate more focused on them selves rather than the CHILDREN whom are about to loose a home and have to be replaced everyone is not a "do gooder " In life maybe a push a boost is what you need who are you guys to judge some one based of the neighborhood they live in our the help they receive half of you probably receive food stamps and medicad your self but in sure you didn't mention that now did you I moved into cherry tree in February I was raised In meadowbrook not the hood so I not what you consider ghetto loud etc i have manners and I use them but back to what I was saying my apt in cherry tree has been broken into twice did I mention I have two young children various item were stolen ranging from baby diapers polo outfits clothes wipes and I'm talking alot of Merchandise that cost $$$ stolen from a newborn child how is it fair ?! it's not so don't be mad when me and my children move next door to you I'm not ashamed to admit I need help and I'm going to get it my kids will have a safe roof over their heads and that's what matters not the fact that we are coming to a neighborhood near you ! by the way I work so don't I qualify as a taxpayer as well ?! last I check they take taxes from me so don't assume we all just sit up Incthe projects all day !

countyman
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countyman 08/08/13 - 02:47 pm
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The percentage of poverty

The percentage of poverty somebody continues to quote is the average between 2007-2011.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/08/13 - 04:44 pm
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Did something magically

Did something magically happen last year to decrease poverty in the county?

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