VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) – Valdosta city officials want to improve homes through an annual grant.
Since 2004, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has been helping families throughout Valdosta. Municipal officials said that this year, the municipality has received 50 requests but has only been able to revive 10 homes.
Neighborhood development manager Anetra Riley said it’s something the Valdosta City Council approves every year. Riley said typically, 80 percent goes to housing and the rest to public amenities and economic development.
“Well, it’s a rehabilitation or a reconstruction. And when I say rehab, it depends on what you need. So we will rehabilitate up to $45,000. If it’s more than $45,000, we’ll usually tear the house down and rebuild the house,” Riley said.
Christine Clarkson said she has never lived in a new house. But now, thanks to a grant from the City of Valdosta and CDBG, he has the opportunity to do so. Several people said they know Clarkson, and if anyone deserves this, he certainly does.
“Happy I am happy, and I thank God that I was able to do this. I don’t know that I can’t. I can’t explain how happy I am. happy And I thank God that I’m able to get that,” said Valdosta resident Christine Clarkson.
Riley said the income for these homes is set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He said they have four new builds and two almost ready to reveal.
“What we are trying to do is to offer our citizens a safe and sanitary home. So if you see these houses before the ribbon cutting, or the new house. Usually, they’re in tears and they’re grateful and happy that they got these new homes,” said Riley.
According to city officials, people with low and moderate incomes deserve decent housing, an adequate living environment and broad economic opportunities just like everyone else.
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