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Public housing development to get makeover

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Planning is underway to revitalize the Rosewood Courts public housing development in East Austin.

The project was made possible by $300,000 federal grant.

The money will be used to improve Rosewood Courts and the transform the surrounding neighborhood into a mixed-income community with more public services and transportation.

Further funds will have to be raised to complete the renovations and construction.

Rosewood Courts was built in 1939 and is one of the oldest public housing complexes in Austin. Residents say these improvements are a long time coming.

"It will be good for the entire city, not just for the tenants here of Austin, but for the entire city of Austin and that's what I'm proud of, more accessibility to low income and medium income housing," said resident Matt Bragg.

"What we are looking at is enhancing not only the housing for our residents, but also the services, programs, everything from cradle to college to career for our families," said Sylvia Blanco of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin.

Currently more than one third of the Rosewood population lives below the poverty line and the violent crime rate is three times higher than the city of Austin.

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