EXCLUSIVE: Garfield Commons adds 44 affordable housing units

EXCLUSIVE: Garfield Commons adds 44 affordable housing units
Garfield Commons adds 44 much needed affordable housing units in Evansville's Jacobsville area. (WFIE)

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Nearly 50 new apartments will soon be home for people living in Evansville. It is an ECHO Housing property located right next to its Jacobsville headquarters.

The complex is called Garfield Commons. It is closing a bit of the affordable housing gap.

In this 14 News Exclusive, we went inside with one woman as she saw her future home for the first time.

"Oh yeah it's going to be nice," says Caasi Winfield.

For Winfield, a single mom to a three-year-old daughter, Garfield Commons is a perfect fit.

"I just need somewhere for her to kind of grow up and we be safe," says Winfield.

The apartments are brand new with attractive amenities that are hard to come by if you are living on a budget in Evansville.

"We have the granite countertops, mocha wood cabinets, the gray vinyl print flooring," says Property Manager Leeann Rickard.

"Those are great amenities. A lot of places don't even offer washer and dryer. They may have just the hookup," says Winfield.

The complex meets the highest energy efficiency standard, which means big savings for residents in the long run.

"You're going to have incredibly low compared to probably 95 percent of the apartments in this area utility bills are going to be that much lower which is going to help you a lot," says Project Manager Rick Crouch.

Applicants are screened to ensure a safe environment, and their entire financial picture is taken into consideration.

"We want to make sure that they can afford Garfield Commons. We want to make sure that they will be happy here, and financial stability is going to help them be happy here, so we will never make their rent above what they can afford," says Rickard.

Affordability was key for Winfield to open this next chapter.

"You can't really learn who you are being around other people. You have to have your own type of space, your own ground. You have to be able to have somewhere where you can plant your seeds. I think this new place is going to be it. We're going to plant our seeds and grow from there," says Winfield.

Crews are putting the finishing touches on the buildings right now. Move in is set for early June.

We plan to follow Winfield's journey as she and her daughter plant their seeds there.

If you are interested in applying to live at Garfield Commons, call (812) 483-0832.

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