Doors open today at Chattanooga's new public housing site

IF YOU GOWhat: Maple Hills grand openingWhen: 10:30 a.m. todayWhere: 2515 Gilbert St., ChattanoogaSource: Chattanooga Housing Authority

As the population of low-income and impoverished people increases in Chattanooga, so do the standards for getting into public housing.

Everyone who moves into the Chattanooga Housing Authority's newest development, Maple Hills, must be in its Upward Mobility program, which is designed to help residents become self-sufficient. Housing officials say they are trying to get away from the days when people lived decades dependent on the federal government.

The $8.7 million, 48-unit Maple Hills in East Chattanooga is the second Upward Mobility, nonsmoking site in the city. Fairmount, which opened in May, was the first. The grand opening for Maple Hills is at 10:30 a.m.