Home Building

They're going to build a house there and Pastor Walter McDonald is elated. New homes will soon pop up in his community, a community he says could use the help.

"Five new houses; that means new homeowners in the community, so we're quite excited about that," says McDonald.

He’s excited because here in Providence, only seven percent of these residents actually own a home, leaving the majority never truly settling down.

Pastor McDonald adds, "We believe if people own homes it gives them a stake in the community, means they'll be involved in the community."

That involvement is exactly why the Renaissance Program has moved into Providence.

Mike Fields with Bank of America in Tallahassee says, "It's a partnership between the city, county, private sector and the neighborhood. The neighborhood comes together and establishes what their needs are."

The needs include $6 million in road improvements, a community center for children and new homes, all of which are being financed through the CRA, or Community Redevelopment Act.

Mayor John Marks, (D) Tallahassee, says, "Although there were some contentions about the CRA, now we see the benefits of the city and county working together in getting funds to benefit the entire community.”

It’s a benefit particularly in Providence, where residents say crime and poverty are every day struggles.