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Valdosta leaders move forward in reconstruction program for unsafe homes

City and community leaders join for the ribbon cutting (Source: City of Valdosta) City and community leaders join for the ribbon cutting (Source: City of Valdosta)
The home after reconstruction (Source: City of Valdosta) The home after reconstruction (Source: City of Valdosta)
The home before reconstruction (Source: City of Valdosta) The home before reconstruction (Source: City of Valdosta)
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Ailing Valdosta neighborhoods are getting some needed care through a project that focuses on older and unsafe homes in the city.

City leaders and homeowner Phyllis Jackson met to cut a ceremonial ribbon from the porch of her newly restored home on Cummings Street Wednesday.

The transformation of the home, built in 1953, is extremely noticeable. According to a release, it was originally built with what officials say was lightweight wood and materials not suited for hurricane winds that can slam areas near the coast.

Jackson's home is located in one of Valdosta's Designated Revitalization Areas. It has now been rebuilt into a KC-910 style home, derived after Hurricane Katrina, designed for safety and stability.

The project is also one way the city plans to eliminate substandard housing within the city limits by the year 2020.

To be eligible for the reconstruction home program, the homeowner must meet income eligibility and must reside in the home, and the home must be deemed unsafe for occupancy. The city's Rehabilitation Construction Coordinator conducts a feasibility study to determine if the cost of home repairs exceeds 50 percent of the home's value. If so, the home is considered for reconstruction utilizing the various resources of applicable grant funding and the hiring of local contractors.

For more information, call the city's Neighborhood Development Division at (229) 671-3617.

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