Volunteers board up homes not covered by blight demolition money
Sun, 27 Apr 2014 22:20:57 GMT —
Droves of Flint faithful are working to make a historic area of the city feel safer. Because Civic Park has a historic designation it prevents the city from getting federal money for blight demolition. But that isn't stopping volunteers from doing their part.
Flint volunteer groups are covering up eyesores, to keep criminals out.
"Itâ??s a way of helping the community and the people that are still living here feel safe and secure in their homes," said David Bowser from West Flint Church of the Nazarene.
Bowser's volunteer work runs deeper than Flint. His church has done similar stabilization operations in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
"Our community in many ways looks a lot like the devastation caused by the hurricane," said Bowser.
"It feels good, its nice getting the houses boarded up for the people that are still here," said volunteer Connor Donohue.
After three years of boarding homes in the Civic Park area church groups like Bowser's have covered hundreds of abandoned homes in just a few square miles.
"It has a long way to go, we by no means are solving the problem but we are trying to keep the problem from getting worse," said Bowser.
Last December the community did rally to end civic parks historic designation; however, the motion has not made any more progress with the city.