206 pay near market rate for public housing in Chattanooga
When Tonya Rooks moved into public housing, she paid about $50 for
rent. Within 18 months she landed a full-time job as a recruiter with
First Things First and chose to pay a flat-rate rent of $447 a month,
instead of 30 percent of her income.
A flat rate allowed her to plan her monthly expenses better. With overtime pay, her rent would have fluctuated.
For six months, until she left public housing, she was among 206
residents who earned income but lived in public housing by choice and
paid flat-rate rent. The flat rates are close to market rate: tenants
living in Greenwood will pay $490 for a two-bedroom apartment; residents
at the Villages at Alton Park pay $509 for a two-bedroom unit.