The General Land Office cuts the ribbon for the Abby Court affordable housing complex in Beaumont, Texas

The town of Beaumont now has 107 additional federally funded apartments for low to middle income people.

Members of the Texas General Land Office disaster recovery team celebrated the opening of Abby Court, a new affordable housing complex on Folsom Drive, on Wednesday.

The team was joined by Beaumont Mayor Robin Mouton, who cut the ribbon at the ceremony, and representatives of U.S. Congressman Randy Weber, R-Texas.

“We know housing is very, very limited in our area right now and for you to come and build such a beautiful, beautiful facility, we welcome that,” Mouton said.

The $22 million project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to replace or revitalize affordable rental housing damaged or destroyed by Tropical Storm Harvey. The newly completed apartment complex is made up of 210 units – 51% of which are guaranteed to house low-to-moderate income people for the next 20 years.

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GLO communications director for community development and revitalization, Brittany Eck, said those who qualify as having low to moderate income will pay a lower price.

Eck said 22 of the 81 such projects opened this year are in southeast Texas — nine in Port Arthur; eight at Beaumont; two in Orange; and one in Vidor, Rose City and Kountze.

“We had several apartment complexes available and completed during the COVID pandemic,” Eck said. “

Abby Court opened to residents in February and has an occupancy rate of 87%.

“It’s good to have quality units set up here,” Eck said. “You want to make sure these last for 20 years. It’s a very high quality life and a comfortable place… where people want to live too.”

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Gregory M. Roy