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Friday, March 8, 2013
Now that the waiting list for public housing at Indian Rock Village and some 53 nearby units has been whittled down, Roanoke's housing authority will reopen applications for the apartments on Monday.
The waiting list for Indian Rock Village's 80 apartments stood at 40 at the end of January, while the list for 53 scattered public housing units in the rest of southeast Roanoke was 17.
The Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority tries to make sure people seeking places in public housing don't have to wait more than six months for a place to live, and will temporarily stop taking applications at particular communities for a particular size of apartment when the waiting lists grow too long to make that promise.
It had to do that for Indian Rock Village and the nearby apartments about six months ago.
Indian Rock Village and the apartments are almost all occupied, but the usual pace of turnover there, and of people dropping off the waiting list, mean it is a good time to reopen it, said David Bustamante, the authority's director of housing.
Indian Rock Village is particularly sought after because it has some apartments with four and five bedrooms, which are hard to find in other public housing complexes. Its location in southeast Roanoke is also a draw.
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