May 13, 2014
Valdosta, GA - "We've seen this money reduced each year, so it's really important to us that citizens provide their feedback and allow us to hear what their comments are and how they want this money spent in their community", says Sementha Mathews, with The City of Valdosta.
Mathews says for the last 40 years, the city has received federal money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to use towards community development... projects around town that meet community needs and prevent or eliminate slums.
The city says this grant benefits low and middle income communities in Valdosta. Last year, some of the money from this grant, was used to rebuild J L Lomax Park.
"Because the money is reduced every year, it's really important for us to form partnerships. like with the Parks and Rec Authority and neighborhood churches, and different organizations, to make these projects go further", she says.
In the past, some of the HUD money has been used to build things like parks, community centers, and basketball courts.
"As the dollars dwindle, it really helps us to work with these public/private partnerships to make these dollars stretch and really improve the quality of life for everyone in Valdosta and Lowndes County", says Jessica Catlett, with the VLPRA.
This year, the city says they have about $440,000 to use towards community development.
You've got until tomorrow at 5pm to give input on how the grant money is spent. Go the CDBG office in the City Hall Annex on North Lee Street or call 229-671-3617 if you'd like more information.