Marble Falls duplexes could house homeless people
The Southwest Village Apartments may soon serve as transitional housing for the homeless in Marble Falls. A public hearing for current apartment residents will be held on Tuesday, July 27 at 10 a.m. at the Texas Housing Foundation’s main office, 1110 Broadway, to collect tenant feedback.
“Homelessness is becoming a real problem here in Marble Falls,” said Housing Foundation CEO Mark Mayfield. “This apartment complex is the one we can donate to this cause.”
The apartments, located at the corner of R Avenue and Fourth Street, are affordable housing owned by the foundation. To convert them to transitional housing, the foundation must amend its land use restriction agreement through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. If approved, the set of 21 duplex apartments will become temporary housing for community members at risk.
The project is a collaboration between the Highland Lakes Crisis Network, the Texas Housing Foundation and the First Baptist Church in Marble Falls to address community homelessness. The Crisis Network had previously considered building this type of facility on land owned by the Marble Falls Independent School District.
“When you say homeless people have a negative perception so there has been some pushback about it on school district property,” executive director Kevin Naumann told DailyTrib.com in an interview in June. . “As a result, our conversation grew and became more important than it originally would have been.”
Once the project moves forward, current tenants in Southwest Village will be relocated to other units of the Texas Housing Foundation, Mayfield said.
“They would be relocated, but it is going to be very beneficial for them,” he said. “We own several apartments here in Marble Falls. If we move a family to one of our other developments they will get concessions for it. We would pay the moving costs and the tenant would not take anything out for the move. ”
The July 27 hearing will serve as both an informative discussion and an opportunity to receive feedback from residents of the resort. The responses will be submitted to the state’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs for review at its September meeting.
The office of Southwest Village Apartments is located at 1106 Brazos St.