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Low-income people in Wake County got access some more housing options this week when officials dedicated a supportive housing development. Brookridge is a neighborhood of 40 studio apartments in south Raleigh. Residents make 50 percent or less of the area’s median income. Program manager Annemarie Maiorano says the development supports a population that is susceptible to becoming homeless or falling back into homelessness.
Annamarie Maiorano: It’s really a way out of the shelter. Everybody has to pay rent. The rent ranges from $376 a month to $425 a month, and so it’s for working people, but it’s a first chance out of homelessness for a lot of people.
Maiorano says that’s about half of the average rental rates in Wake County. She says Brookridge has an on-site social worker and a resident manager to help residents with services like budget management and job searches.
Our morning producer Will Michaels did the reporting on this story.
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