Van Alstyne seniors have new place to call ‘home’

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

VAN ALSTYNE, Tex. -- It was an exciting Friday in Van Alstyne for the dedication of new low-cost community. Stephanie Brletic was there and talked with some residents about the facility.

After years of planning and building, one group of senior citizens in Van Alstyne has a new community to live in.

Making the facility on Sixth Street come to life was a joint effort between HUD, the Texoma Housing Partners, and the city of Van Alstyne.

The two-phase project is now complete. After phase one wrapped up in October, the second phase was recently completed.

Betty Childress with Texoma Housing Partners says it took a long time to get to this point, "It's been a long time coming, it's been about 7 years, but we had to demolish some units that were here and it just took time."

Residents say it was worth the wait. These new apartments offer them an experience some have never had, like living in a brand new home.

"Everything is handy, and it's really nice, the first time I’ve ever lived in something somebody else hasn't lived in first," resident Marie Raulston says.

Each apartment is handicapped-accessible and allows the tenant to have the freedom to live a safe and affordable lifestyle. Some apartments have two bedrooms, which one resident says is a great perk.

"Well, it's a two bedroom, I can have my grandchildren over once in a while, if I get sick, i can have somebody,” resident Mattie Price says.

Residents aren't the only ones pleased to see these senior living apartments full. "There’s a desperate need in this area for housing for seniors and this is a safe community for them now. And I think Van Alstyne is the winner."

Now that phase two is complete, residents can start moving in April 1.

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