Six new housing projects coming to Wilm.
By Amy Cherry

Updated Friday, January 4, 2013 - 3:03pm

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WDEL's Amy Cherry talks with Mayor Baker about new housing projects in the city.

Outgoing Mayor Baker calls it a "Christmas present" he's giving to the Williams administration.

Just days before he leaves office, he's releasing details on six new housing projects that will create 340 residences in the city's Eastside, Little Italy, Hilltop, Browntown, and Riverfront communities.

"New housing efforts are one of your best anti-crime efforts. If you could do new housing all over the place, you wouldn't have crime. It would drop like a rock, and it has, everywhere we've developed, it has done that," says Baker.

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The housing projects are being paid for through a variety of federal funding sources as well as the city's Strategic Housing Fund.

Three properties are already being built while construction begins on three others in the spring.

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