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Macon-Bibb County Commission Grants $758,123 Contract for Construction of Housing for Adults with Intellectual Disability

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Jamie Dickson, River Edge Communications: 478.283.0138 // jdickson@river-edge.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 4, 2017

MACON-BIBB COUNTY COMMISION GRANTS $758,123 CONTRACT
FOR CONSTRUCTION OF HOUSING FOR ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

Two affordable rental housing units will be built on Anthony Road and Telfair Street.

MACON – Thursday, The Macon-Bibb County Commission approved funding for $758,123 for Georgia Behavioral Health Services, Inc. to construct two affordable rental housing units on Anthony Road and Telfair Street for adults with intellectual disability.  The new units will be specially designed to best support wheelchair bound individuals and outfitted with tailored bathing and lift equipment as well as sprinkler systems.

The four-bedroom homes are slated for completion in 2018. Four adults will reside in each home and will be supported by River Edge Behavioral Health team members.  For 38 individuals who need up to 24 hour supports to remain in the community and out of an institution, River Edge currently provides staff support to 12 homes.  

“River Edge is delighted by this latest opportunity to further our deep commitment to our community’s differently abled individuals,” said Shannon Gordon, Chief Executive Officer for River Edge Behavioral Health. “On behalf of the staff and individuals supported by River Edge, we thank the Macon-Bibb County Commission for again partnering with us to help these individuals live the most independent, meaningful lives possible.”

About River Edge Behavioral Health

The full continuum of River Edge Behavioral Health services provide state-of-the-art treatment and support services for more than 13,000 children, youth, families and adults annually, who experience mental illness, addiction, co-occurring disorders or developmental disabilities. River Edge services extend throughout Central Georgia, including Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties and will expand to Fulton County in 2018. Learn more at
River-Edge.org. For help, call 478-803-7700.

About The River Edge Foundation

Georgia Behavioral Health Services, doing business as The River Edge Foundation, is an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that raises private funds to help make life better for individuals who experience mental illness, addiction or a developmental disability, especially individuals served and supported through the robust, community-based offerings of River Edge Behavioral Health.  The Foundation strives for excellence in fundraising, investing, stewarding contributions and assets, governing the Foundation, as well as forming lasting and mutual beneficial relationships with community partners, constituencies and stakeholders.