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Development Spotlight | Evangeline Heights, Phenix City

June 30, 2017

Development Info:

56 units, built in 2003

Serves: single parents, families, and elderly residents

AHFA funding sources: Housing Credits: $367,836 (2003)

Amenities/Tenant Services:

Evangeline Heights offers amenities such as a community clubhouse, pool, gazebo, park benches, central mailboxes, on-site laundry room, and monthly pest control. Each of the 56 units has washer/dryer connections and a fully equipped kitchen. Residents benefit from tenant services such as holiday parties and community events, fire safety and drug awareness programs, and a neighborhood watch program.

According to Debbie Smith, office manager of Olympia Management, Evangeline Heights is a special development because it gives low-income families an opportunity to "live in a safe and beautiful housing complex with a rent they can afford that offers lovely amenities just as a conventional community does."

Evangeline Heights is managed by AHFA's 2017 Manager of the Year Kimyatta Banks. Smith said, "Kim is a dedicated manager who goes above and beyond the call of a manager. She treats the property as if it is her own. She cares about the welfare of the residents and treats them like her family. Her residents are very proud of her win. Olympia is very proud of Kim; she has always, and will always, be outstanding to Olympia and the residents of Evangeline."

Heartfelt letters from residents of Evangeline Heights supporting Banks' nomination as a Manager of the Year candidate helped secure a win for their "Auntie Kim."

Smith said, "Having a good manager at Evangeline Heights makes the community feel important. It provides a sense of security to the residents that if a problem arises Kim will be there to resolve the situation no matter what it is. A good manager has a good relationship with city officials and law enforcement, and also different agencies in the area to help tenants with different needs."