Consolidation Hearings in Valdosta

Public input can decide where the money goes. The city of Valdosta will receive more than $700,000 this year to make repairs in low-income communities.

City officials say the money will help upgrade public facilities and private homes as well as support youth programs.

“The largest portion of funds will be dedicated to homeowner repair. This is what we've seen as the largest need. We have a lot of families, especially elder families, that are on fixed income that don't have the financial resources to make sure they have a good quality of life," says Mara Register, director of the Community Development Department.

Officials say the funding will come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Some residents say they want to make sure the grant money is used where it's the most needed.

“You can see in the neighborhood all the houses being torn down. Lee Street is one of the streets that at one time it was all own by individuals but they died out, so the neighborhood went down," says resident Hollie Williams.

Valdosta will host two public hearings in order to gain citizen input. City officials say the money will help residents get back on their feet and help bring several communities back up to code.

The first public hearing will be held March 30 at the Mildred Hunter Community Center at 6:00 p.m.