Alabama Council on Human Relations, Inc.
-Committed to equal opportunity, and providing services and advocacy to Alabama children and families in need since 1954
ACHR is certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a Housing Counseling Agency. Services are offered to home buyers, home owners and renters to assist in improving housing conditions and learning to meet the responsibilities of home ownership and tenancy. Our Housing Counselor provides individuals and families with information about safe, affordable housing and assists in resolving problems related to fair housing, home ownership, budgeting, mortgage default, rent delinquency and a wide range of other areas.
The Housing Counselor provides individual counseling sessions by appointment at offices located at two ACHR facilities – one in Auburn and one in Opelika. Initial counseling sessions typically last about 45 minutes to an hour, and most clients make two return visits lasting 30-45 minutes each.
Our staff has learned over the years that many of our clients have a number of issues contributing to their housing problems. They need affordable housing, but they also need to improve other areas such as literacy, level of education and training, budget and money management skills, social skills, health and nutrition, parenting, and child care. ACHR is able to offer housing counseling clients an extensive range of services to meet those needs. ACHR services in Lee County include Early Head Start, Head Start, extended day child care, various energy programs, weatherization, and affordable housing. The Housing Counselor can help clients access these resources.
The Housing Counselor works cooperatively with and makes referrals to a wide range of outside community sources such as banking services, mortgage programs, the county health department, church groups, Habitat for Humanity, various educational services, battered women’s shelters, etc.
ACHR is certified as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) in 31 Alabama counties. Working with a private-sector developer in 1994, ACHR developed the Oakridge Apartment Complex in Auburn through the HOME program of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. Since then, ACHR, in conjunction with private-sector entities, has developed another 11 complexes of about the same size in Opelika, Auburn, Marion, Camden, Clanton, Roanoke, Luverne, Lanett and Prattville, totaling well over 400 units, each with some units with handicapped access. Grace Ridge has recently been completed in the Auburn area and Grace Point is under construction beside it. Shiloh is beginning construction in Opelika.
The goal of affordable housing complexes is to provide residents with a bridge out of a difficult housing situation and into their own residence at a later point. Therefore residence in the complexes (except those designed for residents who are elderly) should be considered as fairly short-term. If you are interested living in any of the complexes, the contact information is below.
The Federal Home Loan Bank in Atlanta awarded Auburn Bank and ACHR the 1997 Partnership Excellence Award for Darden Oaks in Opelika. ACHR is committed to continuing and increasing the development of affordable housing across the state and regularly seeks additional development funds.
Location and Contact Information for ACHR's Affordable Housing Complexes
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