But she said her office is doing everything possible to ease the impact of the construction work on tenants who live there now.
“It’s not as ugly as it seems,” Maldonado said Monday. “I know how hard it is to find anything in Beeville right now.”
The BHA staff will provide vouchers for the residents and will help them find temporary residences while the work is underway.
Maldonado said 76 families currently call Emma Finke Villa home, and only half of those units will be remodeled at one time.
At the most, about 30 families will be affected. And all of those residents will be allowed to move back to the complex once the work is complete.
Maldonado said they may not always be returning to their former units, but they will be moving back to something much more comfortable and updated.
“We met with the families, and a lot of the elderly people have no one to care for them,” Maldonado said. She understands their concern.
However, the agency will make sure that the inconvenience affects them as little as possible.
“The authority will do whatever we can to help tenants find a place to stay,” Maldonado said.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.