Panama City, FL –
SPRINGFIELD Fla. (WMBB) – Three years after Hurricane Michael, community leaders celebrate the grand opening of Bay County’s first affordable housing complex.
Residents will begin moving into Springfield Crossings on Monday.
Hurricane Michael forced people like Asia Pettus to rebuild from the ground up.
“After the storm, we went to look home and found out that we had lost everything,” Pettus said.
Pettus said she and her mother have struggled in recent years. But moving into Springfield’s crossings will be a new start.
“After three years at last,” Pettus said.
This is the first resort in Bay County built after the storm, with funding from the Florida Housing Board of Directors.
Executive Director Trey Price said he committed $ 30 million for home repairs in affected communities.
“Really what we’re celebrating is people are moving in on Monday, which is so exciting,” Price said. “Three years after Hurricane Michael hit, we have over 60 units open for area residents. “
Springfield Crossings has two and three bedroom units. Officials say each of the units has already been rented out, but let’s take a look inside.
The apartments are fully equipped with appliances, granite countertops and vinyl floors.
Residents also have access to a fitness center and club house. Rental prices range from $ 690 to $ 975 per month.
“It is important that we provide safe, affordable and strong housing that will be there for generations,” said Price.
Springfield Mayor Ralph Hammond said the city had lost about 90% of its homes in the storm. He said it was a step in the right direction for the recovery of the city.
“We probably lost about half of our residents immediately after the storm,” Hammond said. “We are back and there are just about 800 residents to meet our pre-hurricane populations.”
The Florida Housing Finance Corporation says another affordable housing complex in Lynn Haven is nearing completion. They say they plan to create a lot more in the future.
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