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Mayor says Affordable Housing is Vital to Revitalization

City of Owensboro is taking major strides to revitalize the city and invest in citizens.

OWENSBORO, KY. -Several investment projects are on the books and one of them involves increasing home ownership.The city of owensboro has many projects underway --to increase tourism and business. But, one of their most important developments -- actually involves investing in their citizens.

"It feels really good to finally be at home", says Dyreatha Hinton.

Hinton is one of the very first people to move into the Cottages of Mechanicsville. It's a neighborhood for low-income families.

"You can say I've come a long way", added Hinton.

The mother of three has been there five months... and says she now feels more confident she can offer stability to her children.

"I was just happy, excited and overjoyed that I was moving into a brand new home!".

The neighborhood has 22 homes - It's funded by the state of Kentucky through the Warbuck Housing Assistance Program and other donors.

"Having a good mix of rental and home ownership is very good to neighborhood stability" says Community Development Director, Keith Free.

"There's so many wonderful things going on in our city", says Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne.

Owensboro is really taking steps to improve the area.

"We talk alot about the thing that their doing in the downtown hotels. All of those would not be as successful in bringing our communtity up if we dont bring our neighborhoods up too" Payne, added.

The Mayor says investing in citizens through affordable housing is a priority.Hinton has never owned a home but says this program has made that dream a reality.

 " I really feel blessed and grateful and happy for my children!", she said.

Her home she says is the greatest gift and one she says she cherishes more especially during the holidays.The Owensboro Mayor says the next major project will be to revitalize Gabe's tower and the surrounding neighborhood.

Report by Fadia Patterson

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