Homeowner Roosevelt Moore (center) surrounded by (l-r) Neighborhood Development Assistant Sarah Lowe, Gloria Moore Wright (Sister to homeowner), Rehab Construction Coordinator Richard Joyner, City Marshal James Dean, Dorothy Moore (Sister to homeowner), Councilwoman Vivian Miller-Cody, Mayor John Gayle and Neighborhood Development Director Vanassa Flucas.
The City of Valdosta hosted a ribbon-cutting on March 29 for a newly reconstructed home on 907 Myrtle Street, located in one of the city’s Designated Revitalization Areas. The reconstructed home, built utilizing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, was featured during National Community Development Week activities.
Roosevelt Moore’s new home is one of six CDBG homes that the city has reconstructed in the past year to eliminate substandard housing within the city limits. It is one of reasons why the city was recognized last year by the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) program for its determination to provide decent, safe and affordable housing and increased economic opportunities for citizens of the City of Valdosta.
The Neighborhood Development Division, which oversees the CDBG entitlement funds, is responsible for directing, coordinating and managing all Valdosta programs receiving local, state or federal funding for neighborhood and community development, which also includes the First Time Homebuyer Education, the Single Unit Housing Rehabilitation Program and the Southern Hospitality Group Workcamp.
To be eligible for the reconstruction home program, a homeowner must meet income eligibility, must reside in the home, and the home must be deemed unsafe for occupancy.
For more information, call the Neighborhood Development Division at 229-671-3617 or visit http://www.valdostacity.com/neighborhood-development.