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Uplift group seeking grant
Polk County Enterprise - March 2009
The Community Uplift Organization (CUO) held the second general assembly meeting in February. Mayor Clarke Evans, Alderman Bill Wiggins and Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Ray Gearing joined with CUO president Kenneth Darden to share information regarding a grant application to make improvements in the West End neighborhood. Grant funds would aid with cleaning of city streets and sewer lines. The City has applied for the grant and Evans told the group of additional plans to improve home values in the community. Among other issues, the CUO plans to focus on drug-related matters not only in the African American neighborhood but the community as a whole. Also, the CUO hopes to make a model neighborhood for other communities by improving and changing the community as well as the perceptions of the neighborhood in other parts of the city. Gearing addressed the organization with hopes for more neighborhood involvement with homes on Miracle Way and Bluebird Street. Gearing stressed the importance of community involvement in the building of new homes as well as information and access of the community toward purchasing a home. The two major requirements for a Habitat home are the need for a home and ability to pay for a home loan. Overall, the meeting was another success from the perspective of community attendance and the Community Uplift Organization. The next scheduled general assembly is planned for 6 p.m. March 24 in the Dunbar gymnasium. All interested parties are encouraged to attend the meeting.