Before a police officer killed George Floyd, 38th Street was already known for Black history.
The corridor was home to a barrier-breaking Black business hub starting in the 1930s, Prince’s junior high school and the state’s oldest operating African American newspaper. The city of Minneapolis was poised to designate 38th Street from Nicollet to Bloomington as a cultural district this year, working with residents to draft a 10-year vision for community-owned development that uplifts the cultural identity and keeps it intact for years to come.
Floyd died at 38th & Chicago, the center of the district.
“The reasons to continue with this work have only been amplified,” said Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins. “We need to now think about a permanent memorial to commemorate this moment, to acknowledge and recognize the site of a global movement focused on racial equality.”
The permanent memorial is still under discussion. Meanwhile, Black-owned businesses are pursuing other big ideas that will shape the street.
Construction may start next spring on Dreamland on 38th, a project to build a cafe and Black business incubator at 3800 3rd Ave. S. It’s inspired by the namesake Dreamland Cafe that served celebrities like Lena Horne and Frankie Lymon as a rare social center for African Americans when it opened at 38th & 4th in the late ‘30s. The project is a partnership between the nonprofit Cultural Wellness Center (CWC), which co-owns the Midtown Global Market, and property owner Dr. Freeman Waynewood, CEO of KingField Family Dental at 38th & Nicollet.
Waynewood grew up attending segregated Texas schools and remembers only a handful of businesses owned by people of color, including a hotel, a service station and an insurance agency. Waynewood invested in the early ’80s to help purchase the state’s first Black-owned railroad, the Minnesota Valley Transportation Co. in southern Minnesota.
“That was the beginning, but I’ve always supported Black entrepreneurs in whatever way possible,” he said. “Support, I think, that’s the key thing. Encouragement.”
Waynewood said there are budding ideas to redevelop the Kingfield dental office as well.
“We’re at the western end of 38th Street, and with the George Floyd issue, with the potential for a memorial of some sort, I can envision this corridor as being a unifying as well as an identifying point in the city for people of color,” he said.
Dreamland and CWC Associate Anthony Taylor will lead “Slow Roll” bike rides down 38th this summer to historical sites, which now include the site where Floyd was killed.
“Communities west of 35W, they can’t imagine that someone would do that, because their lived experience is inconsistent with that. This filming of it, unceasing, unflinching, watching a man die in plain sight, stretched what people imagined and therefore believe,” he said. “People really are deeply impacted because it absolutely did not allow you to look away. You know that corner.”
Living in a protest site
A few doors south of Floyd’s memorial, Gloria Burnett said she wants 38th & Chicago to remain closed, as it is now. She pointed out a street sign where someone had pasted over Chicago Avenue to rename the street George Floyd Avenue.
The intersection is finding a daily rhythm, said Rashad West, owner of the Dragon Wok restaurant that relocated in March from Kingfield to 38th & Chicago. In the morning, visitors come for reflection. Later in the afternoon, people start grilling and singing and dancing.
It’s been a difficult time for the business. West released May 25 surveillance video showing Floyd not resisting arrest, announcing that the restaurant stands in solidarity with the neighborhood and the Black community.
“It’s bigger than us,” West said.
And in the midst of COVID-19, West worries about his friends at other restaurants adjusting to a business model based on takeout and delivery. Dragon Wok is still delivering to the same customers in Southwest, even walking curbside pickup orders a few blocks away upon request. Businesses that make it to the other side of the pandemic will benefit from all the innovation, he said.
“We’ve just got to keep putting up a fight,” he said.
“38th Street is different, but it’s quieting down substantially from the last two to three weeks back,” said Tracey Williams-Dillard, publisher of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, the historic Black-owned newspaper with offices at 38th & 4th. She said it felt like the newspaper was initially reporting in a war zone, hearing low-flying helicopters and seeing the National Guard stationed behind the building.
“I grew up in that building, my grandfather started the paper in 1934. And at the age of 8, I was going in there doing whatever I could do. To pull up in front of a building that had never been boarded in my lifetime … just hit me really hard,” she said.
In November, the city renamed a portion of 4th Avenue South “Launa Q. Newman Way” after Williams-Dillard’s grandmother. When Launa Newman’s husband, Cecil, died, there weren’t many female publishers, and a competitor moved into the building, expecting to take over. But Newman continued running the paper, standing in front of a grid sheet manually pasting up articles until a family member introduced computers to the office. She ran the paper for 30 years before turning it over to Williams-Dillard in 2007.
“The Black community is dealing with two different pandemics. We’re dealing with the COVID pandemic and we’re dealing with the George Floyd pandemic, and it’s just a double whammy on our community,” Williams-Dillard said.
As advertisers pull back dollars during the pandemic, the paper is taking donations and selling subscriptions. Knowing that African Americans are disproportionately dying of COVID-19, the paper is heavily focused on health education.
“It’s been a struggle at times. But then at the same time it’s been a joy, because I’m seeing the difference the paper makes in the stories we do in the community,” she said.
“History is unfolding right in front of our eyes, and we have to make sure that we document that history,” said Tina Burnside, curator of the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum.
Long-term plans for the museum include relocating to a site on 38th Avenue, perhaps at Sabathani Community Center.
The museum is currently slated to reopen Aug. 4 at Plymouth & Penn on the North Side with new exhibits featuring protest photos by John Steitz, preserved plywood art and video performances by LaTanya Cannady, Joe Davis, Nico Moore and Drea Reynolds. Sixteen artists will paint a Black Lives Matter mural on the Plymouth Avenue roadway July 18.
Another new exhibit details the 1920 lynching of three African American men accused of a crime without physical evidence in Duluth. A mob of people dragged Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie out of their jail cells and lynched them from a light pole. Burnside said it’s important to understand the context for Floyd’s death.
“Everyone has this view of Minnesota as being a progressive state, and lynching only happened in the South. But no, it happened here in our own state,” Burnside said. “And now 100 years later, we have the killing of George Floyd, uncovering the veil from police brutality and systemic racism and racial violence against Black people.”
Burnside is among those calling for a change in ownership at Cup Foods, suggesting raising money to buy the building and open an affordable grocery store at 38th & Chicago.
Other new ideas are coming from the Bryant Neighborhood Organization, which voted to establish a George Floyd Empowerment Center, envisioned as an anti-racist training institute, a memorial and a free community event space.
In a recent online call, more than 160 community members joined Council Vice President Jenkins to talk about ideas for a permanent memorial at 38th & Chicago, which include a garden or a sculpture. One idea is a roundabout, although some advocated for closing the intersection, disliking the idea of driving over the space.
Jenkins noted that Chicago Avenue carries the most-used bus route in the state.
“We have lived for the past 40 years with a major street in our city that was closed down — Nicollet Avenue. It really disrupts the entirety of the whole city,” she said. “If we disrupt that route, we disrupt a lot of Black and Brown people’s livelihoods.”
A public hearing Aug. 3 will take up a proposal to establish the commemorative street name “George Perry Floyd Jr. Place” at 38th & Chicago. Jenkins also hopes to rename Columbus Avenue in the future.
On the call, Jeanelle Austin asked for the community’s blessing to start composting dried flowers at 38th & Chicago for reuse in community gardens. She started tending the memorial shortly after Floyd died, straightening the flowers and sweeping the streets. Her guiding principle is: “Everything is somebody’s offering. Throw nothing away.” Even the dirt is reused, said volunteer Regina Marie Williams.
Living three blocks away, Austin arrives each day around 6 a.m. while the intersection is still hushed. She returns home in time for meetings at her startup, the Racial Agency Initiative. Austin is a racial justice coach, helping churches, corporations and individuals answer the question: “What can I do?”
She advises everyone to address racism wherever they are, whether it be at work, at the dinner table or in the mirror. If everyone does their part, change could come fast, she said. She recommends reading history written by Black authors and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech in its entirety.
“Everyone loves to say these things take time,” she said. “It only takes time because people don’t want to change. When people want something, people will make it happen.”
Beginning the work
“I think this moment of solidarity that we see is important. And now we begin the work,” Taylor said.
The proposed boundaries of the 38th Street cultural district are Nicollet Avenue to the west, 36th Street to the north, Bloomington Avenue to the east and 40th Street to the south.
The draft plan, dubbed 38th Street Thrive, calls for celebrations of arts and culture, a minority small business relief program for shops at risk of closure, a Black Heritage Land Trust to help African Americans own homes and commercial space, a capital fund to leverage low-interest construction loans, and a solar cooperative on Sabathani’s roof.
To keep housing affordable in the area, one suggestion would give tax relief to longtime homeowners who see property assessments increase by 15%. Landlords would be encouraged to participate in a city program that offers property tax reduction in exchange for affordable units.
Another idea would launch the Clarissa Walker Homebuyers Club, named for the woman who spent 39 years as a constant presence at the community center. The Saturday morning breakfast club could cover topics like credit repair, house maintenance 101 and down payment assistance. An upcoming CWC project would map the area’s historical African American land ownership and look at how wealth did or did not transfer forward over time.
Given the current crises, community meetings on 38th Street Thrive are delayed. At the moment, Jenkins is focused on safety. She was devastated by the news that a pregnant woman had died of a gunshot wound inflicted at 37th & Elliott, while her baby was placed in intensive care.
“We have to get some control over the safety in our communities,” Jenkins said. “Safety at the intersection of 38th & Chicago is of utmost concern now.”
But she still envisions a stand-alone Center for Racial Healing, to give Black people space to heal from everyday trauma.
“Hope is what keeps me going,” Jenkins said.
The Credit Pros Credit Repair Review
The credit repair process typically involves disputing inaccurate negative information in your credit history, items that ended up on your report by no fault of your own. But if your credit score is also being weighed down by past credit mistakes, you’ll need much more than just credit repair to fix your score. The Credit Pros is a credit repair company that is also equipped to deal in many of these areas, including debt repayment and budgeting. Our review explains each of these services in depth and answers the one question that truly matters: Is the price really worth it?
- Free consultation: The Credit Pros will provide an initial phone consultation regarding your credit free of charge.
- Includes several bonus services: In addition to credit disputes and monitoring, packages include financial planning tools, debt management services, identity theft monitoring, and more.
- Offers a mobile app: The Credit Pros’ free mobile app is available for download on Apple and Android smartphones.
- Unlimited credit disputes: There’s no hard-and-fast limit to the number of disputes The Credit Pros will send on your behalf each month, even with the most basic plan.
- Bilingual services available: Customers can receive assistance in both English and Spanish.
- High initial fees: Initial work fees fall between $119 and $149.
- No money-back guarantee: While The Credit Pros advertises a service guarantee, it doesn’t back these promises up with a refund if you fail to see results.
- Limited educational resources: The Credit Pros provides some helpful information regarding credit health, but lags behind competitors in consumer education.
- Website difficult to navigate: You may have difficulty locating the information you need on The Credit Pros’ website.
Types of Services
For customers interested in credit repair, The Credit Pros bundles its services into three different packages at various price points. As you’d expect, the more expensive plans include more services than the entry-level options.
The most notable aspect of The Credit Pros’ service offering is that each package addresses credit repair at a similar level. Many competitors drastically limit credit repair services with entry-level plans, in theory to convince customers to upgrade to a more expensive option. By contrast, the key difference between The Credit Pros’ plans is the scope of non-credit repair services included. This makes the company’s entry-level plan a fantastic value compared to other credit repair companies.
The Money Management plan covers all the basic tools you might need to address your credit: unlimited monthly disputes, credit and identity monitoring, and access to financial planning tools like a budgeting system that syncs with your open credit accounts.
You’ll also get access to The Credit Pros’ debt management services, which are quite extensive compared to other credit repair services. When appropriate, the company will send debt validation letters on your behalf. If you have an accurate negative item on your credit report, The Credit Pros will help you address the debt using a snowball or avalanche repayment method. However, you’ll be limited to just one debt repayment account with the Money Management plan. To tackle more accounts at once, you’ll have to upgrade.
The Prosperity Package includes everything you’ll find in the Money Management plan but doesn’t limit you to a single debt repayment account. This makes the plan a more logical option for those who need to address more than just inaccurate items on their report.
Customers who choose this plan will also receive a subscription to SlashRx, a discount program that can help you save up to 80% on prescription medications.
The Credit Pros’ premium plan, the Success Package, offers the most varied services. On top of everything that comes with the Prosperity Package, this plan includes access to National Credit Direct, a financing program that allows customers with poor or no credit to purchase items such as electronics and household goods, which can contribute to positive credit. The company also offers credit lines starting at $500 with 0% APR.
National Credit Direct’s financing program advertises consumer goods at low monthly payments with 0% APR, but as you might expect, there’s a catch. While you may not have to pay interest directly, the company includes the cost of doing business in its sticker prices. For example, the same Amazon Fire tablet sold by National Credit Direct for $174.99 can be purchased straight from Amazon for only $69.99.
|Money Management||Prosperity Package||Success Package|
|Financial planning tools||√||√||√|
|Prescription medication discounts||√||√|
|Access to financing program||√|
*Limited to one negative item
Credit repair companies sometimes let customers further customize their plans with optional add-on services. While The Credit Pros doesn’t offer anything like this, we do want to make note of the company’s credit monitoring service.
CreditSentry is the same credit monitoring service included in all three credit repair packages, so customers already enrolled in one of The Credit Pros’ core services won’t see any benefit. However, if you don’t need credit repair services, the plan may be of interest. The cost is $19 per month and includes credit score updates, a new TransUnion credit report every 60 days, and identity theft monitoring.
While many credit repair services only offer assistance by phone and email, The Credit Pros goes above and beyond to make their representatives accessible. Of course, traditional phone and email correspondence are always available; phones are answered from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday. If you’re looking for something more convenient, however, a web chat is available during operating hours on The Credit Pros’ website.
The Credit Pros is also one of relatively few credit repair companies to offer a free mobile app. Customers can use the app to track their credit repair progress, view their credit reports, and get push notifications when score changes are detected. The app gets excellent reviews with 4.7-star average ratings in both the Google Play and Apple app stores.
Customer reviews for The Credit Pros are mixed; while most are positive, there are also a few complaints to know about. The good news is that there are no official complaints on file with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the government agency that acts as a watchdog over the credit repair industry. However, customers have filed complaints through unofficial channels.
The Credit Pros holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau but has received 42 customer complaints in the past three years and gets an average review score of just 2.96 stars. On Google, The Credit Pros holds a more impressive 4.1-star rating. The most common complaint from customers is a failure to see any negative items removed from their report.
While credit repair companies can do their best to have inaccurate items removed from your report, no company is able to guarantee specific results. A free credit repair consultation is a great time to ask the company upfront which items on your report could be eligible for dispute. If the company can’t identify any legitimate discrepancies, credit repair may not be the right solution for you.
If you have a complaint about the services of a credit repair company, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or call 877-FTC-HELP.
There are no contracts to worry about with The Credit Pros. All plans are month to month and can be canceled at any time as long as you contact the company before your next payment is due.
Although it’s hard to argue that The Credit Pros offers more expansive service options than almost any competitor, prices are also on the high end for the industry. Initial work fees for the entry-level Money Management plan, for example, are nearly twice the monthly fees for that package. Pricing for the most premium plan reaches $149 in first work and monthly fees, which is far from affordable if you’re simultaneously paying down debts to improve your credit. Those funds might be better used toward outstanding loan balances to improve your credit.
The Credit Pros justifies its high prices by bundling a laundry list of credit repair and financial services into each of its packages. To decide whether the cost is worth it, you should ask yourself if you honestly plan to use each service included. If the answer is no, you might be better off with a cheaper, no-frills package from a competitor.
|Money Management||Prosperity Package||Success Package|
|First work fee||$119.00||$119.00||$149.00|
The Competition: The Credit Pros vs. Credit Nerds
Since The Credit Pros is on the more expensive end of the credit repair price range, we wanted to see how services compared to Credit Nerds, a competitor that sits squarely on the opposite end of the spectrum. Credit Nerds is the only company we’ve found that offers a basic credit repair service completely free of charge, although an upgraded credit audit is also available for a one-time charge of $97.
Credit Nerds is far from matching the same scope of services as The Credit Pros, but if your credit history is strong overall and the only issue you face is a handful of credit reporting inaccuracies, Credit Nerds is by far the better choice. With that said, if you’ve struggled with managing debt for an extended period of time and need professional help to address your credit from multiple angles, The Credit Pros could pay for itself, as long as you know you’ll use all the services that come with the monthly fee.
|The Credit Pros||Credit Nerds|
|Services Offered||Credit repair, monitoring, identity theft protection, financial planning||Credit repair, funding|
|Customer Service Touchpoints||Phone, email, client portal||Phone, email|
|Upfront Fee||$119.00 to $149.00||$0|
|Monthly Fee||$69.00 to $149.00||$0|
With advanced services that far exceed the limited scope of traditional credit repair, The Credit Pros is best suited for individuals with extensive credit damage following a long history of mismanaged debt. The company’s entry-level credit repair package offers exceptional value compared to equivalent plans from competitors, although you’ll have to balance this against an exceptionally high initial work fee.
At the end of the day, The Credit Pros is only worth it if you plan to take full advantage of all the services included in the package you choose. Even then, you should deeply consider whether those monthly fees would have a more positive impact on your credit if you used the funds to pay down balances instead.
How We Review Credit Repair Companies
We know how hard it can be to tell a legitimate credit repair company from an outright scam. Our credit repair reviews examine each company carefully to assess value and uncover any potential traps. We analyze each service at a microscopic level and compare packages to industry standards and equivalents from competitors. To get the broadest possible analysis, we also consider data from third-party ratings and government databases.
Learn more: Read out full Credit Repair Review Methodology here.
10 Clever Ways To Improve Your Credit Score Fast
Your credit score is a critical piece of your financial life.
If you want a good rewards credit card, you’ll need a good credit score. If you want to get a low mortgage interest rate, you’ll need a good credit score.
There are also other non-obvious places where a good credit score can help – like when you want to get a new cell phone or when you’re getting car insurance.
Building credit can be a long process where good behavior helps increase your score gradually. Achieving good credit can take years but there are a few steps you can take to give your score a boost.
These won’t work for everyone because many solve specific problems (that you may not have – which often what credit repair companies target) but review the list to see if you can take advantage of any of these ideas.
1. Reduce Your Credit Utilization Ratio
Several factors determine your credit score. Your credit utilization ratio is one of the most influential metrics because it makes up 30% of your score. Credit utilization is simply how much credit you are using divided by the total amount of credit you have access to.
If you charged $10,000 to your credit cards and your total credit limit is $50,000, your utilization is 20%. Credit bureaus use your statement balance in this calculation, so you have utilization even if you pay off your balances in full each month.
A general rule of thumb is to use up to a maximum of 30% of your credit card limit. Many experts suggest keeping it below 10%, if possible. Most credit cards report your credit utilization once a month to the credit bureaus. In many cases, your most recent statement balance is the number that goes onto your credit report.
Here are three ways to keep your credit card utilization ratio below 30%:
- Only charge essential purchases like gas and groceries—or those that earn bonus points
- Split your purchases between multiple credit cards
- For large one-time purchases, make extra payments during the billing cycle
Continue paying cash for purchases that cause your balance the exceed the 30% threshold if you won’t be making an extra payment each month. If you’re going to make additional payments, schedule them to post before the billing cycle ends so the balance shown on your statement is lower.
2. Request Credit Limit Increases
Periodically, request an increase to your credit limit. Each credit card company will have a different process but it’s typically very easy and very quick. Most credit cards will let you do this online.
By increasing your credit limit, you lower your utilization.
Two things to keep in mind when doing this. First, don’t request an increase on a new card. Many companies will not increase your limit if it’s new.
Next, when you request an increase, you want to make sure you do it in a way that doesn’t require a hard inquiry on your credit report. If you request a relatively small increase, the company will usually approve it automatically.
If you ever request an increase and the company wants to ask for more information, decline the request. You don’t need the increase and so it doesn’t make sense to take the credit score decrease from a hard inquiry.
You can usually request an increase every six months.
3. Fix Credit Report Errors
Sometimes, banks make reporting errors that hurt your credit score. Even if you haven’t missed a payment, many consumers overlook the benefits of a periodic credit report review.
If you find an error, you will need to file a dispute with the credit bureau. No error is too small to dispute. I’ve disputed incorrect phone numbers, which are correctly in minutes, which led me to discover unauthorized accounts (a cell phone).
If the error affected your score, you should see a pretty quick change once the credit bureau corrects the error.
4. Be an Authorized User on a Credit Card
Having a family member with a higher credit score than yours can add you to their credit card as an authorized user. Doing so can positively affect your credit score when the card has a long account history, on-time payments and a low credit utilization ratio.
5. Periodically Use “Dormant” Credit Cards
As your credit history grows, you likely qualify for credit cards with better rewards and interest rates. Instead of closing your first credit card, make occasional purchases to keep it active.
When you keep the card active, banks are less likely to reduce your credit limit or close the card. The credit bureaus look at each revolving credit account’s credit utilization ratio as well as your overall credit utilization ratio.
A credit line decrease impacts your total credit utilization ratio.
Closing an old credit card account can also hurt your score. If your old card charges an annual fee, see if you can downgrade it to one without an annual fee. You maintain your account history and that continues to strengthen your credit.
6. Pay Off Cards with the Highest Balances First
In addition to limiting your future spending, work on paying off your credit cards. If you have several cards with a balance, focus on the highest card balance to reduce your credit utilization ratio.
Paying down your outstanding debt can also improve your debt-to-income ratio, which is not a factor in your credits core but is used by many lenders.
7. Make On-Time Payments
If you miss your payment due dates, stop.
Your payment history is the most influential credit score factor with a 35% weighting. Even if you can only make the minimum payment, your account remains in good standing—and you avoid late fees.
8. Have a Variety of Credit Accounts
While you should only borrow money when necessary, having a variety of credit accounts can demonstrate you can manage credit responsibly. You might have one credit card, a home mortgage and a car loan. Each type of account can benefit your credit score differently.
Loans that you repay in full can remain on your credit report for up to ten years. You can have an easier time qualifying for a similar loan in addition to having a higher credit score.
9. Sign Up for a Credit Boost Service
Having a credit card and installment loans are not the only ways to increase your score. Credit boost services like Experian Boost report your monthly bill payments like utilities or your cell phone plan to the credit bureaus. You can receive credit by linking your bank account.
10. Get a Credit Builder Loan
Credit builder loans can offer a small credit score boost as you lend money to yourself. You make monthly payments into an interest-bearing certificate of deposit (CD) for up to 24 months. The bank reports your monthly payment to the three credit bureaus. When the loan term ends, you receive the CD balance minus administrative fees.
These are just a few of the ways you can quickly increase your credit score – try one today and let me know how it turns out the next time you check your credit score.
Monroe Housing Authority debuts 23 new homes in south Monroe neighborhood
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Twenty-three new homes on South Third and South Fourth Streets are welcoming families after several years of development and planning.
The Monroe Housing Authority is beyond the new constructions. The homes are part of a $3.5 million initiative focused on the portions of South Third and South Fourth streets between Beauregard and Peach streets and are Phase I of the Preservation Mills development.
Monroe Housing Authority Executive Director William V. Smart said those responsible for the development were already making a difference and sparking change in the community.
“A few years from now when we look back at this moment, this time where we are right now, we will know that we were a part of something bigger than ourselves, something really bigger than ourselves … a chance to make a difference in our community — not southside, not northside, not no side. We made a difference in our community.”
The neighborhood revitalization was made possible through a partnership with the city of Monroe. Thursday’s ribbon-cutting happened approximately 16 months after MHA broke ground on the project.
Funding for the $3.5 million dollar project was received through competitive grant applications to Louisiana Housing Corporation and the Louisiana Neighborhood Landlord Rental Program.
In addition to the $3.5 million dollar investment for new home construction, MHA has also invested over $200,000 for land acquisitions, demolition and site clearing.
Initially, the properties will be made available for lease for a period of five years. Afterward, they will be offered for sale.
“In addition to the opportunity to help revitalize this once beautiful and thriving community, the homeownership component is extremely important to us,” Smart said. “We are grateful for this chance to bring a quality, affordable homeownership opportunity to families with modest incomes.
“Our goal is to provide renters with homeownership workshops, financial education, credit repair counseling, career development, and other supportive services during the five-year rental period, with the ultimate goal of helping those who are interested become first-time homebuyers.”
Monroe City Council Vice-Chair Carday Marshall represents District 4 where the new homes are located and called the development a beautiful blessing.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for a family to be able to come in on a daily basis to a fresh new atmosphere. It’s heartfelt, and you build the morale for the families,” Marshall explained,” and with the ability to become a homeowner, that is an opportunity most in this district do not get.”
Mayor Friday Ellis recognized the efforts of the Monroe Housing Authority and former mayor Jamie Mayo’s administration on the project.
“We can do a lot of things,” Ellis said. “We can build a lot of buildings. We can pave a lot of roads, but if we are not addressing the felt needs of communities, we are really not doing too much, are we?
“Thank you for this. This is beautiful. Block by block we can make it happen, but it’s going to start with the support of everyone here, whether it be picking up trash, taking care of your neighbor or lending a hand.”
Each home in the development consists of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open concept floor plan and an attached carport. The homes were designed in a style reminiscent of the architecture that existed when the neighborhood was first developed.
If additional funding becomes available, MHA plans to develop additional homes in the near future.
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