Trenholm Court residents to be out this fall

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Despite some kids here and there, little life remains at Trenholm Court.

"It's kinda hard because you get used to being around one another," says resident Sylvester Bailey.

Bailey misses his neighbors--the ones who have already moved out of the complex.

Now, he's looking for a new place to live, too--something close to his job on Madison Avenue.

"My goal is to find a program that I can buy a house," he says.

But he doesn't think he and his neighbors have been given enough time to do that.

He's been told to be out by the end of October.

"It's a rush to move us out," he says.

"We try to give them 90 days and after 90 days we try to help them," says Montgomery Housing Authority Board Member, Cubie Rae Hayes.

She says the agency held its first meeting informing residents that Trenholm was closing back in April.

She says they gave residents a choice to go to other public housing communities or get a voucher for a federally subsidized home--with plenty of time to do it according to federal law.

"Everybody's not going to be happy with moving at any rate. However, we have made every available means necessary to provide assistance," says Hayes.

73% of the housing development is empty.

The remaining tenants are expected to be out this fall.

Even folks like Bailey are excited about the future.

"It makes me stronger that I'm moving to another place that I can meet new neighbors."

The housing authority plans to bid out the demolition work.  They will officially announce the start of the bidding process September 1st. They don't expect the work to take place for several months.

Officials say after it's demolished, the housing authority hopes to build new apartments for anyone to live in--including some government subsidized units.

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