(Greensboro, GA – September 7, 2012) Greensboro City Council voted in its regular session on September 4 to support an application to the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) program. If accepted into the program, the city would benefit from technical assistance provided by a variety of state agencies.
GICH is a partnership of the University of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Municipal Association. The Initiative offers communities in Georgia a three-year program of collaboration and technical assistance in addressing their housing and neighborhood revitalization needs.
Acceptance into the program is competitive; only five cities are selected each year. Across the state, more than twenty communities have completed the program. These towns have benefited from strengthened city ordinances, beatification programs, and infrastructure improvement grants.
“We are hopeful the GICH program can provide Greensboro with the guidance needed to address the challenges identified within our neighborhoods,” explains Better Hometown director, Cail Hammons. “Many areas of the city struggle with aged or failing infrastructure. Others are far from atheistically pleasing. These issues hurt our town as a whole and ultimately hinder the growth and development of our business community.”
Community involvement is a critical part of the GICH program. The city is seeking volunteers who are interested in working to address neighborhood challenges within the city. Greensboro residents who are interested in being part of the city’s GICH Team may contact Cail Hammons at (706) 453-7674 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.