Vandals Damage Missoula Affordable Housing Complex

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – Officials with the Missoula Housing Authority say vandalism could delay the planned opening of a new affordable housing apartment complex by months.

Executive Director Lori Davidson says the buildings were just days away from inspection when a vandal left faucets running and unscrewed the pipes connecting sinks to the drains, drenching most of the units in two buildings. Site superintendent Eric Burns says its too early to calculate the loss, but he estimates it at about $100,000 per building.

Davidson says she hopes insurance will cover the damage. Meanwhile, Davidson says eleven families that were supposed to move in to the homes by Thanksgiving now won’t be in the apartments until sometime next year.

The Missoula Housing Authority works to provide affordable housing for low-income people.

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