D.N. Leathers housing complex demolition nearing completion

The D.N. Leathers housing complex is almost completely demolished, and a former resident who was relocated from that complex said she is doing better in her new residence.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - The D.N. Leathers housing complex is almost completely demolished, and a former resident who was relocated from that complex said she is doing better in her new residence.

122 families were living in the complex, 80 of which opted to use Section 8 vouchers to find a better place. The complex is being torn down as part of the new Harbor Bridge Project.

"There are some that have wonderful success stories who have moved into really nice areas, and they moved into apartments that are close to family and close to jobs and close to great opportunities," said Gary Alsup, CEO of the Corpus Christi Housing Authority.

Of those 80 who opted to use Section 8 vouchers, 94-percent of them were able to move into an area of lower poverty or higher income, Alsup added.

That was the case for Shanice Duhart.

"They helped us move. They paid for the movers and they paid for our deposits, so it kind of gave us a jump start to move into something better," Duhart said.

Duhart, who is furthering her education in the nursing profession at Del Mar College, said she spent some of her childhood at D.N. Leathers and has fond memories, but she was tired of public housing.

"I found a house. A two bedroom house, and my son actually has a back yard to play in now," Duhart said.

The Texas Department of Transportation purchased the D.N. Leathers property because the complex is in the shadow of what will be the new Harbor Bridge.

Alsup said Leathers served the city well.

"We always hate to see a public housing property go, but we also have to just recognize that it served Corpus Christi for 75 years and it's been a great asset," Alsup said.

There are only four or five buildings left standing on the D.N. Leathers property. They should be gone in about a week.

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