MADISON, Ill. (KMOX)- A member of the Madison County Housing Authority’s resident council is quite impressed by the new $16.2 million Gateway Apartments complexes in Madison and Venice.
Clifford Mathis attended Friday’s ribbon-cutting in Madison, “Our children won’t have to worry about things like bad heating, the rats, the roaches. This is a new plus for the area.”
Mathis says it’ll be a source of pride for those seeking to improve conditions for low-income residents of the Metro-East, “Although it may seem like we are in a blight, we are trying to build up. It’s a start. First the housing, then maybe other parts of infrastructure.”
Madison Mayor John Hamm, who is also the executive director of the Madison County Housing Authority, predicts a dramatic drop in crime in the neighborhood, “With being a gated community, we’ll do a nationwide background check on our tenants, and credit checks on them. They’ve got to have a job.”
Officials say they hope to have many of the 78 new units leased by the end of the year. Some come with affordable housing tax credits and others offer rental assistance.