2,000 people wait for public housing, but new apartments sit mostly vacant
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- While nearly 2,000 people wait for public housing in Chattanooga, dozens of brand-new apartments built for them sit empty week after week.
Maple Hills, an $8.7 million, 48-unit site -- the city's newest -- had its grand opening July 18. Penn-rose Properties, the private company that manages the site on behalf of the Chattanooga Housing Authority, says 25 percent of the units have been leased.
On Friday -- seven weeks since opening day -- Jennifer Webb, Pennrose Management Co.'s regional vice president, said seven tenants are on site, and more are expected to move in this week.
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