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Homes for the needy King George apartments will house elderly, disabled
Apartments in King George County for elderly and disabled residents to be dedicated this evening

 Sterling Bumbrey, a volunteer with Project Faith, sweeps up in a unit at the new Angelwood apartments in King George. The 24 rent-subsidized units will be dedicated tonight.
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Date published: 11/4/2006


Apartments in King George County for the elderly and disabled living on fixed incomes will be ready for occupancy next month.

While finishing work continues, Project Faith Inc. will dedicate the apartments near the Smoot Library at the county courthouse during a ceremony tonight.

The King George-based charitable housing organization started construction on the Kings Highway Project apartments in March.

The rent-subsidized complex will serve King George, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and Westmoreland counties, along with the city of Fredericksburg.

Project Faith Executive Director Fronce Wardlaw said construction was funded by a mix of public dollars, grants and private donations. She said there is great demand for this type of housing.

"We had 155 people on a waiting list and 89 were successful applicants," Wardlaw said.

Of those 89, Wardlaw said between 35 and 40 would get to move in--the rest will be placed on a waiting list for the next batch of rentals expected to open in 2008.

The first set of one- and two-bedroom apartments, 24 in all, will be known as Angelwood.

The apartments will be dedicated in memory of Virginia Genie Duke, a former nurse at King George High School.

Wardlaw said after Duke died a few years ago, her husband gave Project Faith a "very generous unrestricted donation" in memory of his wife.

"Genie was an angel when we needed her the most," Wardlaw said.

Wardlaw said construction on the next 40 apartments will start next spring. The finished complex will have 90 apartments.

Each of the 24 units is accessible to the disabled.

Project Faith in Action is the organization's volunteer wing and provides everyday services to those in need.

Wardlaw said volunteers offer transportation, grocery and prescription delivery and light housekeeping for area residents and will do so for those in Angelwood.

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Rental costs for one-bedroom apartments will range from $450 to $475. Two-bedroom units will range from $525 to $575.

Rental fees go toward operating and construction costs for the first phase of the complex.

To qualify, residents must earn 40 percent-50 percent below the area's median income. Applications are available at the Project Faith Inc. office at 10073 Kings Highway, King George, Va. 22485.

For more information, call 540/775-3492 or visit project-faith.com.