Salvation Army Provides Affordable Housing for Disabled, Aging

Courtesy of KWTX-TV News 10

The Salvation Army is helping disabled and aging Central Texans close to home by providing affordable housing. The William Booth and Catherine Booth Apartments in Waco have 190 HUD apartments that are run by the Salvation Army.

A charity organizer said providing affordable housing helps ensure Central Texans won’t need the Salvation Army’s Soup Kitchen and donations. It also prevents Central Texans from moving away from their families just to find affordable housing as rental rates around continue to increase according to Lynn Smith, a resident. Smith said if she doesn’t know where she would live if it weren’t for the Salvation Army.

“Then all of our other bills that we have. It was just more than what we could pay so we opted to stay here.”

The complexes routinely host educational and health seminars so residents can stay mentally and physically sharp. Smith is also happy about the location of the complex.

“The stores are right down the street,” Smith said.

“If we want to go to Walmart we go to Walmart. It’s the convenience.”

The complexes also provide transportation for tenants who have a hard time getting around. Both apartment complexes are short staffed and appreciate any volunteer help they can get. The number is (254)757-2242

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 81 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.