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Affordable housing for more area residents

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More area residents will soon be able to afford rent thanks to apartments currently being constructed.

Vineyard Manor is building more than a dozen apartments at 12th and Polk in Amarillo for individuals with low to moderate income. The city approved more than $300,000 in federal funds this week to help make this possible.

Tori Burrell is a single mother of three and received help through Department of Housing and Urban Development Programs when she was going through her divorce. She says, "This program particularly helped me as a stepping stone to where I'm at now. Went to school, two degrees. Have a house, a yard. A place that my kids call home and not just a house."

The program helped her pay rent and utilities making it possible for Burrell to receive a higher education at Amarillo College.

Burrell says, "This program to me means a home and I got to keep my family together. And I'm at a job where I know in the long run, I know I'm going to have not just a job but a career. "

She's now a full-time administrative assistant. Not only will the Vineyard Manor project help area residents like Burrell, but it will also help the local economy.

She says, "The developer has plans to have retail use in some of the space in that building. So you're not only going to benefit people as far as housing, you're going to benefit the economy as far as new businesses coming downtown. So it's a win-win situation."

The 16 apartments should be completed by the end of the month.

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.