Changing the Face of Public Housing, Changing Lives

Walton Oaks, Augusta

At the Department of Community Affairs, we are focused on creating “communities with opportunities” – thinking out of the box about how to build not just brick and mortar housing, but neighborhoods that connect residents with access to excellent transportation, services, schools, and jobs and provide amazing amenities. Our goal is to find partners who are equally as passionate, then provide the technical and economic assistance to help create this vision.

Walton Oaks, in Augusta, Georgia, is the culmination of the Underwood Homes Redevelopment, a multi-phase effort made possible with Housing Tax Credits from Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs, with awards of over $3.3 million between 2009 and 2013.  A mixed-use community developed and built by Walton Communities in association with the Augusta Housing Authority, the complex was designed to capture the feel of a small town community.  Walton Oaks provides residents with a number of special programs and services, such as a complimentary after school Kids’ Club program; on-site sheltered bus stop; on-site maintenance; and family counseling. Walton Communities partners with local organizations to bring additional services and support to residents.

 

“The Adventure Center has given me an opportunity to touch so many lives – through the volunteers, through the families. And to have someone who loves your child, who provides a healthy, safe environment while you are at work – I know how that feels and I am grateful to be able to provide that for others.”

– Walton Kids’ Club Volunteer