• Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Groesbeck Journal
    Workers dig a trench for electrical wiring of site lighting, the final task in renovations to Groesbeck’s low-income housing properties, Liberty Square and Liberty Village. The change also involves the properties’ changing from public housing to a non-profit entity.
  • Photos by Roxanne Thompson/The Groesbeck Journal
    Julia Bowen, who works in the office of Groesbeck low-income housing property Liberty Square, shows the renovated kitchen in one of the units. Every one of the properties’ 80 apartments underwent major renovations, including new appliances, bathrooms, central heat and air, wood flooring and other upgrades.

$5.4 million Groesbeck housing makeover complete this month

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

Work is almost complete on rehabilitating Groesbeck’s two old low-income housing properties: Liberty Square and Liberty Village – and one of the biggest changes is that they’re no longer public housing but are a nonprofit entity.

“We’re not public housing anymore,” said Groesbeck Housing Authority Executive Director Jana Raymond. “That was the big goal; we pulled completely away from that type of federal funding.”

Achieving this move required a complex maze of forming new organizations such as setting up a nonprofit called Liberty Housing Alliance, working with a consulting firm and financial institutions, filling out much paperwork and ensuring certain requirements were met. Raymond commended the Housing Authority board members for working closely with her. She also credits them for trusting her just as she trusted the consulting firm of Housing Solutions Alliance in pursuing the goal.

The Housing Authority board members include Chair Joe Rosas, Nila Williams, Kenneth Gibson, Nancy Nelson and Deloris Tatum. Raymond also credits former board member Johnny Mack Wilson, and the late Bobby Golden, who was board president and served on the board at least 20 years.

“He was faithful and he was committed to seeing this project through,” Raymond said of Golden.

The nonprofit Liberty Housing Alliance has the same board members as the Groesbeck Housing Authority, and Raymond is also Liberty Housing Alliance’s director. The GHA will still exist, but over time it will diminish while Liberty Housing Alliance will increase in importance. The role of the properties’ administrators, however, is unchanged, she said.

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