City Makes Valdosta Grandmother's Wish Come True

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

Seventy-three-year-old Delbra Battles is preparing for her home to be torn down and then rebuilt at no cost to her.

It's part of Valdosta's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to eliminate substandard housing by 2010 in five revitalization areas.

Battles has reared eleven children here.

She says watching her home come down is bittersweet.

"[I'm] sad and happy that I"m gonna have a new house," said Battles. "But sad that my house is gonna come down because there's so many memories there."

Battles new home costs the city about $90,000 and will be ready in six to eight months.


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  • by jw on Nov 24, 2010 at 08:56 AM
    I wish I could give this lady a great big hug. To raise 11 kids o my. Nothing was said if they meight be grandkids. I hope so to Have 11 OMG. FED UP....It just could be your stinking attitude that you not getting anyhelp. Also you do qualify for food stamps. If you don't want them,THATS YOUR FAULT. AND you have missed quite a few shows,cause their have been a lot of WHITE PEOPLE GETTEN HELP WITH HOMES. Get alife and DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT VIEW OF YOURS. It will only bring you MORE heartache. I would bet you live alone and you cant get anyone to stay with you or have you come stay with them. Wonder why!?!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2010 at 05:33 AM
    I think we should all be happy for her. She must be doing something right to deserve this. And as for Fed Up, there are cheap apartments available that would be much better than your mobile home. Sell the property, get over it, and move on.
  • by fed up ! on Nov 19, 2010 at 03:36 PM
    i am sick n tired of these grants and so called habitat for humanity! WHEN will the white race start cashing in on some of these FREE houses? i have watched for 20 years on who received these new homes. in those 20 years i have NEVER seen not the first home go to a white family. i have asked well over 30 groups, clubs & organizations to PLEASE help me repair my 1970 mobile home. the roof leaks & rusted, bathroom, windows, flooring, electrical, wall covering and more. of all them i had ONE church group come forward. they made a list of the major repairs needed. then i was told they would get back to me within the week to schedule a start time do do the most needed repairs. that was 7 years ago. i NEVER heard anything back from them and tried calling them for 6 months. NEVER to get a call returned. i have several medical problems and 4 heart-attacks within 1 1/2 years. so don't talk minority, low income & all that other B.S. to me, you TRY to survive on $977 a mo. & no food stamp help.
  • by dog Location: gone on Nov 19, 2010 at 03:24 PM
    11 children why is the taxpayer building her a house , HER CHILDREN SHOULD BE DOING THIS.
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