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City of Griffin. GEORGIA INITATIVE FOR COMMUNITY HOUSING 2008 Annual Report. Gaining Community Support. City and County Resolutions of Support Established Mission Statement Elected to be known as PREP Prepare, Rebuild, Educate, and Prosper Held information session on Land Bank Authorities

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City of Griffin

GEORGIA INITATIVE FOR COMMUNITY HOUSING

2008 Annual Report


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Gaining Community Support

  • City and County Resolutions of Support

  • Established Mission Statement

  • Elected to be known as PREP

    • Prepare, Rebuild, Educate, and Prosper

  • Held information session on Land Bank Authorities

  • Clean Up Day – May 17, 2008


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PREP Mission Statement

  • To Prepare families and individuals for homeownership; and

  • To Rebuild communities through the elimination of substandard housing, neighborhood revitalization and rehabilitation and the acquisition of vacant underutilized properties while preserving the fabric of our communities; and

  • To Educate families and individuals on the importance and value of homeownership and proper financial management while Equipping individuals and families with life skills; and

  • To Prosper the City of Griffin and its citizens through community and household economic development while aiding families as they build a solid foundation through homeownership;

  • PREP is committed to enhancing the quality of life for all Griffin citizens by assisting families in achieving homeownership goals and transitioning to greater economic or life-style independence while planting seeds of financial stability and wealth for future generations.


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Neighborhood Revitalization

  • One Town, One Goal Program

    • Mission – to improve the quality of life for our citizens’ one neighborhood at a time

  • Adopted the Thomaston Mill Neighborhood Urban Redevelopment Plan (URP) – May 13, 2008

  • Awarded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – to improve water and sewer infrastructure in Thomaston Mill neighborhood

  • Awarded Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP) – for down payment and closing cost assistance


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Demolition of Dilapidated housing units

  • 43 dilapidated single-family dwelling units were demolished

  • 16 of these were demolished by the City

  • 27 were demolished by private owners

  • 2 substandard multi-family dwelling units were demolished by private owners


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New Codes or Ordinances

  • Amended Medium Density Residential (MDR) zoning district - October 2008

    • eliminated the provision which allowed group homes for disabled persons, personal care homes and halfway houses as Special Uses in the MDR zoning district

    • preserve the intent of the MDR zoning district

    • to encourage the formation and continuation of a stable environment for residents of medium density residential developments

    • discourage encroachment of uses that could adversely affect the intended residential character and integrity of the MDR district


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Field Trips

  • City of West Pointe

    • Fuller Center

  • City of Columbus

    • NeighborWorks of Columbus


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New agencies/ organizations/ authorities created

  • Affordable Housing Enterprises, Inc.

    • Griffin Area Land Trust

  • Housing Authority of the City of Griffin

    • Griffin Housing Development Corporation and the Griffin Housing Management Corporation


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Grants Received for Housing Initiatives

  • Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP) $300,000

    • down payment and closing cost assistance totaling up to $12,500 for 20 first time, low income homebuyers

    • Program advertised through direct mail and the local news paper

    • Held first homebuyers workshop on Saturday, February 7, 2009

      • 43 attendants

    • 45 Pre-Screening Applications have been received


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