Augusta gets $7.6 million in federal stimulus money

Thursday, March 5, 2009 2:19 PM
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Augusta’s first installment of federal stimulus funds was announced today – a total $7.6 million, most of it in programs designed to help low-income and homeless people.

The money is coming through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., said in a news release. Most of it, $6.1 million, is going to the Augusta Housing Authority and will be used to finish renovating Peabody Apartments and to reroof Hall Powell Apartments, authority Executive Director Jake Oglesby said.

The rest of the money will go to the city’s Housing and Community Development Department – $927,319 from HUD’s Homeless Prevention Grant Program and $606,372 from the Community Development Block Grant program.

A spokeswoman for Dr. Broun said that while he opposed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 he’s trying to make sure his constituents get a fair share.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/05/09 - 02:22 pm
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Kind of representative of how

Kind of representative of how we thought the stimulus would be dished out.

godogs
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godogs 03/05/09 - 02:30 pm
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I am not saying we shouldn't

I am not saying we shouldn't have places for the homeless, because that is the right thing to do. People go through hard times sometimes for no reason of their own and it is our responsibility to help them, but we tax payers who are paying for this see no benefit from this at all. Shouldn't it be portioned out so at least those paying for it see some of it. Just wondering.

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My_2nd 03/05/09 - 03:06 pm
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exactly...help those that

exactly...help those that choose not to help themselves or were not responsible in their life. our $ @ work. hell at least it's staying in this country, we could be sending it all to africa. but for those of you that believe that much $$ will only be spent on "low" income areas are living in obamaland. wake the hell up!

Mongol
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Mongol 03/05/09 - 03:14 pm
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Augusta is getting stimulus

Augusta is getting stimulus money. Why not use it to do something with Regency Mall?

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/05/09 - 03:21 pm
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Ok, let's use that money

Ok, let's use that money exactly as described. Upon finishing those renovations, let's get each resident to sign documentation as to the improved conditions, inspect the property routinely, and when damages occur, evict. Sound like a plan?

Mongol
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Mongol 03/05/09 - 03:26 pm
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Yeah that sounds good.

Yeah that sounds good.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/05/09 - 03:29 pm
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I think Regency Mall is

I think Regency Mall is privately owned, right? Tax them boogers until they either do something with it or lose it to the city. Don't spend a dime on a privately owned property. The Feds are doing well enough at that now.

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rzombie125 03/05/09 - 03:30 pm
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Well (ITDoc) if they evict

Well (ITDoc) if they evict them from their low income housing for tearing it up, then they'll get to stay at the new condos for the homeless.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 03/05/09 - 03:32 pm
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what about help for the poor

what about help for the poor property owners, i don't get it money for those living in the projects but non for the taxpaying citizens!?!?!?!?..there should be something for those who are elderly and truly, truly disabled, not the disabled for those whose child "gets a check" but the parents are under 30-35 yrs old with 4-6, or more kids but are able to work(re:see cherry tree crossing)..at this time i don't even own a home but i still feel for the poor property owner....for those who are homeless, if not a good reason and i have seen quite a few "homeless, looks good enuff to work at someone's job but don't/aren't"

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paulwheeler 03/05/09 - 03:34 pm
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I for one am totally opposed

I for one am totally opposed to this so called stimulus travesty. But having had elderly family members who finished their lives in Peabody Apartments I can attest to the fact that not everyone in Public Housing is a "do nothing" there are people in this world whom for whatever reason do not have thie financial means to go to a nice condo on the coast to die! Many of the residents that I came to know at Peabody were and are wonderful people who lived very productive lives. I am richer for having known them. So if we have to take socialist money, at least it will go to a place where a very small portion of it will do good.

Jim Christian
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Jim Christian 03/05/09 - 03:37 pm
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Note that, presumably, this

Note that, presumably, this will create work for taxpayers.

Rose
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Rose 03/05/09 - 03:39 pm
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My mom lived in Peabody Apts

My mom lived in Peabody Apts for quite a few yrs.It is good to know they are getting the money to finish renovating. Most there are elderly, and the others are disabled.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/05/09 - 03:45 pm
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There ya go Paul. Begrudge

There ya go Paul. Begrudge not. But hold them accountable for destruction. Fair enough?

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/05/09 - 03:47 pm
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RobZombie: Love your music.

RobZombie: Love your music. Yes, they may up that way (homeless) but who's fault would it be if they did?

J.W.
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J.W. 03/05/09 - 03:52 pm
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Just exactly what is needed.

Just exactly what is needed. More of MY money going to support those that do not work, pay taxes, or contribute to society in anyway other than being a parasite! I hope all of you out there who voted for the "obamanation" enjoy paying up! I'm thinking of quitting my job and selling my house so I can get me some of that stimulus money! Better yet, I think I'll clean out all of my accounts, pack the kids and the dog in the truck and head to the backwoods and build me a log cabin. By the way, when all of you left wing wack jobs are out of work and starving, don't come asking me to hunt and fish for you so you can eat.

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shivas 03/05/09 - 04:00 pm
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Peabody and Hal Powell are

Peabody and Hal Powell are low-income apartments for seniors. Many of these folks would end-up in costly nursing homes. If you've never been there, keep your mouth shut. Or, go listen to Rush so he can continue to tell you how to think. Mindless sheep.

Rose
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Rose 03/05/09 - 04:00 pm
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J.W. my mom was 90 yrs old

J.W. my mom was 90 yrs old when she moved from Peabody. You need to get that hate out of your heart.

Rose
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Rose 03/05/09 - 04:05 pm
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It is good to see our

It is good to see our President working for the people. He is gathering health care people together to come up with a plan for healthcare reform. It is way past time for that.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/05/09 - 04:11 pm
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Well, it's good the

Well, it's good the "stimulus" money is going to help the poor and homeless - - - because Obama's policies are going to create a lot more of them (I mean us).

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My_2nd 03/05/09 - 04:13 pm
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Rose - yeah...we'll see if

Rose - yeah...we'll see if you worship him in 2 years when this country is on the brink of bankruptcy.

J.W.
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J.W. 03/05/09 - 04:13 pm
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Rose I don't have hate in my

Rose I don't have hate in my heart at all. I'm just sick and tired of working hard, paying taxes, supporting my country and being a contributing member of this great nation while a large majority continue to get the "free ride". And yes I hope that the prez musters up enough spine to go head to head with Rush in a televised debate with no teleprompters. It will be ugly.

My_2nd
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My_2nd 03/05/09 - 04:14 pm
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shivas - it's always funny to

shivas - it's always funny to see liberals call people mindless sheep.

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 03/05/09 - 04:15 pm
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Shivas...There you go with

Shivas...There you go with Rush again...He has gotten into your craw man. I have to belive you turn the dial to him once in a while just to rile yourself up. This has nothing to do with Rush. You need more than Scotch brother. You need help.

pizzato
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pizzato 03/05/09 - 04:16 pm
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I bet the price of a roof

I bet the price of a roof just double or even tripled when the word got out it was government money. Much like the old days when SRS was buying $100.00 hammers from Jordan Hardware and other good old boys getting their cut of the Government money.

Rose
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Rose 03/05/09 - 04:27 pm
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People at Peabody don't get a

People at Peabody don't get a free ride. Yes they might get help, but I know they have to show a record of any income. their rent is based on income, and social security is income. My mom paid rent, and once a yr I got her record of income statement from SS .

Rose
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Rose 03/05/09 - 04:31 pm
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J.W. as for a debate between

J.W. as for a debate between our President and Rush, it won't happen. The election is OVER, and besides, the President is too busy to humor Rush and his idiotic rantings.

klsm
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klsm 03/05/09 - 04:37 pm
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Oh ... you cannot listen to

Oh ... you cannot listen to Rose on here ... she has over 5000+ comments posted. Just click on her name! lol! In her opinion I should die of lung cancer or something else horrible, right honey? My worthless mother-in-law lives at Peabody because she is the type of parasite you all speak of. Owe me, owe me, owe me ... for what ... giving birth? This forum usually proves that giving birth does not have any type of qualifications needed. Just spit'em out and let us take care of the poor babies! Whatever! I say if you are working and lose your right hand your [filtered word] better find a dang job for a left-handed person. Stop taking my money when you are able to work!!!

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 03/05/09 - 04:39 pm
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The renovations will creat

The renovations will creat work for some folks who are grateful to have jobs.

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 03/05/09 - 04:39 pm
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yeah I know, I misspelled

yeah I know, I misspelled create...

klsm
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klsm 03/05/09 - 04:42 pm
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And yes Rose ... I am a 42

And yes Rose ... I am a 42 year old $itch in real life too. But I am a 42 year old $itch who worked for EVERYTHING I have and didn't get it handed to me ... so I prefer others get it the same way!

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