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April 12, 2013

City has built 11 new homes thanks to federal grant

JACKSONVILLE — When the dust settled in the 400 block of College Street on Thursday, the dilapidated, wooden frame house that had just been standing there lay demolished.

But that's a good thing.

Because of a federal HOME Grant, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 11 houses in the city of Jacksonville now have been demolished and rebuilt.

HOME is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households.

"It's no cost to the homeowner," said City Manager Mo Raissi, "so residents have to meet certain income levels, be in a certain part of the city and own their home."

City Building Official Jody Watson further explained that homeowner has to maintain the new house and keep it livable.

So far the city has replaced dangerous and dilapidated site built homes and mobile homes with solid brick houses.

"I am so very thankful," said Jacksonville resident Deborah Muhammed, who received a new home in January. "I'm just loving it, y’all. I go from room to room, praying and thanking God

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