City of Albion moves forward on housing program

Albion City Council last week approved requests to establish an Albion Housing Initiative Program (AHIP) and provide funds to pay the benefits for a new Housing Program and Economic Development Director position.
The action was requested by the Albion Economic Development Corp. (AEDC) and recommended by the Citizens Advisory Committee to improve housing availability in the community.
It will be a collaboration between AEDC, the City of Albion and the Boone County Foundation Fund to develop the program.
The housing program will be a part of the Albion Economic Development Plan, coordinated and administered by AEDC.
AEDC requested that the city fund the benefits of an employee to focus on efforts of the new housing program. The city’s share of cost is estimated at $25,000 to $30,000 per year. Funds from AEDC and other sources, including grants, would pay the employee’s salary and other expenses.
Complete story in the May 18 Albion News/Boone Co. Tribune, print and e-editions.