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Posted on: July 18, 2016

Mayor Tony T. Yarber, City Partners Announce Milestone in Gateway Project

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Mayor Tony T. Yarber on Monday, July 18, announced a milestone in the City of Jackson’s Gateway Project with the completion of the first home rehabilitated through the program.

Joining the Mayor for the unveiling were Department of Planning and Development Director Eric Jefferson, Donnetta McAdoo of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Robbie Smith of the Mississippi Housing Partnership, Catherine Lee of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman and homeowner, Ms. Bobbie Clay.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate the reinvestment in a community,” Mayor Yarber said. “We wanted to make a significant investment in West Jackson. What better way to do that than through housing.”

The home, located on Jayne Avenue, is the first home completed under the project. Ms. Clay said she was excited to be in a like-new residence.

“I am just so thankful and I love my house,” Ms. Clay said.

The City of Jackson’s Office of Housing and Community Development was awarded over $1.1 million in federal HOME funds to undertake the first phase of the project. The Mississippi Housing Partnership was selected as the administrator. The goal is to address decline in targeted areas by assisting existing homeowners with necessary repairs.

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative provided the City with a technical assistance plan. The non-profit organization advocates for healthy, safe, and energy efficient homes.

“We worked with the City of Jackson to train housing inspectors and contractors they work with to be front-line health care workers,” Ms. Lee said. “This is the first home completed in Jackson that has been repaired to GHHI standards. We have eight more to come.”

The target area in Phase I includes Claiborne Street, Holland Street, Houston Street, Moss Street and Jayne Avenue.

Mr. Jefferson said the next phase of the project involves the completion of all nine homes by the end of the year. Another round of applications will be accepted in 2017.

Councilman Tillman said West Jackson has “good housing stock that needs sprucing up, rather than being torn down.” Tillman said the Mayor and the City Council are committed to that effort.

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