Department helped nonprofits, rehabbed houses and kept residents in their homes.
- Joe Scott
Friday, February 11, 2011
Florissant’s Community Development Department helped keep residents from losing their homes, helped them meet property codes, helped people buy homes in Florissant and even helped fix up seven vacant homes. The department held a mandatory public meeting Thursday to review its 2010 performance. The department administers Community Development Block Grant and other funds. One program, highlighted by Community Development Director Carol O’Mara, was the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). Through the program, the city used federal funds to purchase seven homes in Florissant. One house was demolished, four homes were rehabbed, including one contract house, and two are undergoing rehabilitation currently. One now is under contract. The $1.…
With a higher need among families, supply is running low.
The Emergency Assistance Ministry is gearing up for the holiday season, and in the process is asking for all the help they can get from Florissant residents. Despite the rise in donations that accompanies the holiday season, the TEAM Food Pantry continues to find demand for its services increase among Florissant and Hazelwood households. Traditionally, the group worked with disabled, elderly and single mother households. The troubled economy has brought with it more challenges for TEAM, particularly in regards to intact households. Many families are living with both parents unemployed, and with their unemployment benefits coming to an end, they must look to groups like TEAM to help them get by. "Our crisis is the amount of people coming in…