About 50 people, representing more than a half-dozen agencies involved in development, recently attended the dedication of Casa Bonita housing complex, a 10-unit project, located on Kudzu Road just outside Oneonta.
Building the $1.2-million project, owned and managed by Alabama Non- Profit Housing, involved a partnership among local, state, federal, and out-ofstate agencies to complete the project, which provides quality contemporary house to off-farm agricultural workers.
The project was initiated, according to Javier Morales, in a breakfast meeting at Huddle House between himself and local civic leader Bob Bynum, now deceased. Morales, formerly of Telemon Marketing here, now working in Texas, wrote the original grant request.Construction was completed by a consortium led locally by Jacob Rogers of Alabama Non-Profit Housing, assisted by Florida Non-Profit Housing advisors, working through the USDA rural development program and its state director Ronald Davis.
The development includes four buildings with 10 attractively appointed two- to four-bedroom units. To qualify for partially rent-subsidized units, applicants must make less than 80 percent of the area median income – an adjusted figure of about $36,800 for Blount County.