Community Development Grants Boost Area Housing

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

Five residential parts of the city are identified by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as needing to be spruced up.

And thanks to a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), qualifying substandard homes in these areas are getting a complete makeover.

Like the house at 708 E. Adair Street, which is one of seven projects in the works.

The home is being demolished and will be rebuilt in the very same place.

City officials say these projects improve the lives of citizens living there.

"And it is federal funds," said Richard Joyner, the rehabilitation construction coordinator with the city of Valdosta. "It would cost the city of Valdosta no money. But through our application process, we're able to upgrade the quality of life of our citizens through this program."

To qualify, residents must meet income and homeowner requirements and live in an area that's designated as a revitalization area.

For more info, call the Neighborhood Development Division at (229) 671-3617.

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