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First Neighborhood to be Introduced
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Georgia Behavioral Health Services, Inc. dba The River Edge Foundation will host an open house to introduce the new First Neighborhood development, a newly constructed 10 unit independent living apartment complex, for the chronically mentally ill.

First Neighborhood allows residents to blend into the surrounding community and have the availability of supportive services that allow them to live independently.

On Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a brief press conference and tours of First Neighborhood will be available located 652 Bowman Street, Macon, Ga.

The River Edge Foundation was awarded $1,198,800 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Section 811 Capital Advance Program for Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities.

The Foundation will also receive $98,100 a year for three years as a rental subsidy.

Thousands of persons with disabilities are now able to find affordable housing, thanks to more than $550 million in housing assistance provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The funding provided interest-free capital advances to non-profit developers so they can produce accessible housing, offer rental assistance, and provide supportive services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.

Capital advances covered the cost of developing, acquiring, or rehabilitating developments. Repayment is not required as long as the housing remains available for occupancy by very low-income persons with disabilities for at least 40 years. River Edge Behavioral Health Center and The River Edge Foundation, currently operate 84 units of Shelter Plus Care.

In early 2009, The River Edge Foundation became one of only two Georgia disability focused service entities who received Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding through the Department of Community Affairs.


The River Edge Foundation was created for the purpose of providing and expanding access to behavioral health prevention and treatment services as well as necessary supports to the underinsured and/or financially challenged residents of Central Georgia who are at risk for or experiencing behavioral health or developmental disabilities.

River Edge Behavioral Health Center has served the Central Georgia region for over 60 years in providing treatment and supportive services for individuals with mental illness, addictive disease and developmental disabilities. HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

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