Atlanta rapper T.I. attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for his first affordable housing development on Tuesday.

The Intrada Westside is located across from Central Hill Part in northwest Atlanta (formerly known as Bankhead) and includes 143 apartments and 25 special units for homeless youth.

The property was once a shopping center where T.I.’s grandmother used to shop for groceries. 

The Grammy Award-winning rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, told the media that remembers how the community struggled when he was young. 

Now, he is using his success to give back and improve those same communities. 

T.I. addressed those at the ribbon-cutting ceremony saying:

I got caught stealing out of this K-Mart right here.

And I thought that, you know, just to offset the shame that came with that, it would behoove me to invest in the community by acquiring this piece of property.

It’s the least I could do.

Watch news coverage on the story provided by FOX 5 Atlanta below.

Kudos to T.I., Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, and everyone who had a part in building affordable housing for those who need it most.

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