Alachua Habitat and Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency(CRA) Partner with Pilot Paint Program

August 8, 2014                                                                      


Alachua Habitat and Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency(CRA) Partner with Pilot Paint Program


GAINESVILLE – Alachua Habitat and the CRA today launch their first partner project in a Pilot Paint Program designed to help home owners in the Greater Duval area of Gainsville.

Today and tomorrow community volunteers from Sandvik Corporation, UF and CRA staff will help paint a home at 2413 NE 2nd Ave.


This pilot program is the result of the Greater Duval Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative started locally last year to help transform and strengthen the community. Alachua Habitat for Humanity is joining along with other community organizations in the initiative designed to serve more people, utilize more volunteers and make a community impact.


Both CRA and Alachua Habitat had paint programs but with different criteria for each. The two organizations joined together in a pilot program to implement this joint initiative. They plan to complete a total of 10 homes in the Greater Duval community in the coming months.


Roughly one in six Americans is currently in need of a decent, affordable place to live. Our nationwide economic crisis is creating additional difficulties for entire communities as they face foreclosures, abandonment, and home-maintenance issues. The “Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative” helps improve the quality of life in neighborhoods through local community-planning partnerships and by expanding housing and other services. The Greater Duval Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative in partnership with community organizations and local residents will decide on the work carried out locally. 


Community organizations have developed a partnership to work together with the Greater Duval community residents to develop a cooperative plan. The initiative’s services may include new house construction, rehabilitation of vacant and foreclosed properties, house repairs for existing low-income homeowners, weatherization to make houses more energy-efficient and affordable and strategic community planning that brings additional resources to underserved areas.