THUD Appropriations Chair Mario Diaz-Balart Joins County Officials in Keynoting Hatchers Dedication
U.S. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and Collier County Commissioners Penny Taylor and Bill McDaniel joined 125 guests to dedicate the Hatchers Preserve rental community on Monday, April 17th. Hatchers is a small, impactful 18-unit investment that is critical to Rural Neighborhoods’ Eden Park-Esperanza Place Neighborhood Revitalization work in Immokalee. The celebration took place as important housing programs such as the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership programs are “zeroed out” in President Trump’s proposed FY18 budget. Local commissioners stressed the importance these Federal programs play in local efforts to increase rental housing throughout Collier County.
Diaz-Balart told assembled guests he understood the impact of Federal monies locally and he supported the use of Federal resources to help local leaders address local problems using community-generated solutions. The veteran member of Congress reminded participants that, as he had done in the past, he would carefully listen to the recommendations of the President, but that the constitutional duty to create the best possible budget fell to him and his fellow members in the House and Senate. “Projects like this are what we need to be building.”
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NBC-2: Immokalee families move into new homes
It’s peace of mind for a Southwest Florida family who just moved into their first home. However, a first of its kind community to help families in Immokalee could end up being the only of its kind.
For many of the children who live in the Hatcher’s Preserve community, the neighborhood is extra special. For the first time, they have a house, a real home, to call their own. (Read more on NBC-2 website)
Fox4: Families grateful for new affordable homes in Immokalee
New affordable housing in Immokalee is giving new hope for lower-income residents who have previously only lived in mobile homes or apartments.
A new neighborhood, Hatchers Preserve, located on the west side of the farm-working community, was dedicated Monday. (Read more on Fox4 website)