Deputy Regional Administrator Christopher Taylor and Miami Field Office staff, Uche Oluku, Ph.D. and Gloria Shanahan, toured Rural Neighborhoods’ housing developments in LaBelle and Immokalee to gain a better understanding of the use of HUD 202, CDBG and HOME resources in rural communities. President Steven Kirk and Neighborhood Revitalization Manager Dottie Cook talked with HUD about the challenges and opportunities unique to rural communities.
Deputy Regional Administrator Taylor, a career HUD employee who previously served as Louisville Field Office Director, visited Pollywog Creek Senior Housing, a 29-unit non-metro HUD 202 elderly development in LaBelle scheduled to open in October 2017. Included in the tour were Rural Neighborhoods’ Hatchers Preserve, Reserve at Eden Gardens, Esperanza Place and Timber Ridge at Sanders Pines Reserve in Immokalee. Kirk noted, “Seeing local government’s use of CDBG to stimulate investment in both the Immokalee Boys and Girls Club and our Main Street Village rental community right next door illustrates how well block-grant monies are already used to promote personal growth and self-determination in poor communities.”