PRESTONSBURG – Mountain Comprehensive Care Center has been awarded a $1 million dollar grant for an Affordable Housing Program through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Greater Cincinnati. The grant will go to build 20 low income apartments in Prestonsburg.
Floyd County residents currently have five options to obtain assistance with housing if they are low income. Residents can choose from Floyd County Housing, Martin City Housing, Prestonsburg City Housing, and HUD. The down turn of the coal mining industry has hit Eastern Kentucky and Floyd County hard. Many individuals’ and families are finding themselves in need of housing assistance for the first time.
“It takes a long time to get in a low rent apartment in Floyd County, especially if you don’t have several children. The one and two bedroom apartments have a long waiting list. It will be great to have more apartments available to low income, especially for mentally challenged or elderly indivduals,” said Shelia Watts, of Prestonsburg.
Once the StoneCrest Treatment Center is open and the Layne House substance abuse treatment services are relocated, MCCC plans to demolish the Layne House facility and build the new apartments on that property site.
“This is something we need more of in this area. We have more homeless individuals and even families in the county than people realize,” said Thomas Newsome of Harold.
The apartments will be mostly one bedroom units with some two bedroom units. The apartments will be available to individuals’ meeting low income guidelines and whom are special needs, mentally abused, emotionally abused, physically abused, elderly, or chemically dependent.
According to Jacqueline Long, Director of Housing and Grants for MCCC the project should be completed within the next 12 months.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606-794-0290.