HRDC accepting applications for new housing units

By 
Elias Baer - Enterprise Staff Writer
Thursday, February 18, 2021
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The Livingston Human Resource Development Council recently listed 11 cottages located at 104 W. Reservoir St. One- or two-bedroom options are available to rent. Enterprise photo by Elias Baer

The Livingston Human Resource Development Council is currently accepting applications for the new Livingston Cottages at 104 W. Reservoir St.

The HRDC has listed seven onebedroom/one bath units and four two-bedroom/two-bath units. Rent for one-bedroom units is $750 per month, and the two-bedroom units are $900 per month.

While the units have been listed below market value, they are not subsidized housing, according to HRDC Community Development Director Tracee Menuez. However, prospective tenants will not be considered if their annual income is above $40,040 or below $35,000.

Menuez said HRDC’s income guideline states that rent cannot be higher than 30% of a tenant’s income, meaning a tenant’s income must be at least $2,500 per month.

“It’s a very small window,” she said. “It’s about a $5,000 window that people need to fall into for this to work.”

In other HRDC news, renovations have begun on two HRDC properties — the Sherwood and Miles apartment complexes.

“We have partnered with Good Housing Partnership,” Menuez said. “They bring their development expertise, and we bring our housing units. We will be working together to do the rehabilitation.”

Both buildings will have full interior renovation depending on the needs of the two buildings. Menuez said that the Sherwood will receive plumbing system improvements and the Miles will have some mechanical systems improvements.

The HRDC will be performing renovations in waves to keep from relocating every tenant simultaneously during the process, Menuez said.

“It’s actually kind of like a giant game of Jenga,” Menuez said. “Each building is a little different, but we’re hoping to have everyone (relocated) for less than a month.”

Depending on timing and individual needs, HRDC may use hotel rooms, vacant rooms in the apartment complexes or provide a stipend to support tenants while they stay with family.

To allay relocation concerns, HRDC has also hired a relocation coordinator.

“From a functional perspective, as a tenant, nothing changes for you other than we are going to relocate you for a short amount of time while we renovate your unit,” Menuez said.