The Lawrence County Housing Authority staff, including Christina Liles (left) and Debi Hart, are at work in their new location at 118 East Main Street after a fire destroyed their previous building in July.

Nearly four months after a fire destroyed the Lawrence County Public Housing Agency office on July 23, the office is now open in its new location at 118 East Main Street in Walnut Ridge.

The former Cavenaugh Dodge sales office has been converted to house the agency, which has been operating out of the Larkspur Gardens Community Room for the past several months.

Housing Authority Director Debi Hart said the office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and staff members are available by appointment on Fridays and other times.

Applications for the housing programs run by the agency, as well as applications for the Lawrence County Angel Tree are available under the adjoining awning.

Hart said there are also plans to also put in a drop box to allow the easy return of forms.

The agency manages Larkspur Gardens Apartments in Walnut Ridge, as well as the voucher program funded through HUD for all of Lawrence County.

Hart said recovering all the files that were lost in the fire has been a slow process.

“Realistically you can never recover everything you lost,” she said, noting that everyone has been helpful throughout the process. “We are just trying to move forward and keep helping people.”

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