Help for Denby Park, Monticello Village and Oakdale Farms hits a snag

Pilot Online Reports that The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority and The City of Norfolk has not decided how they will administer  $1,000,000  in grants to Denby Park, Monticello Village and Oakdale Farms homeowners. Also they don’t know when the money will become available.

The grants at a glance
Norfolk’s proposed help for three Wards Corner neighborhoods is tentatively planned to include three types of grants and loan programs:
Home Rehabilitation Grants $400,000 to help eight homeowners
Residential Facade and Improvement $125,000 for five multifamily buildings; $300,000 for 20 homeowners Home Addition Program $100,000 for four homeowners
The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority will recieve $75,000 of the money for administering the funds. The authority, which can be reached at (757) 623-1111, is working out the details and is not accepting applications for the program at this time.

7 Responses to Help for Denby Park, Monticello Village and Oakdale Farms hits a snag

  1. b davis says:

    SUPRISE!! SURPRISE
    AS IF ANYTHING HAS EVER HAPPENED FOR THIS AREA THAT THE CITY HAS PROMISED.JUST ANOTHER PROMISE THAT OUR OFFICIALS THINK WE DON’T SEE THROUGH.
    BET IF THIS WAS PROMISED FOR GHENT OR LARCHMONT WHERE OUR MAYOR AND COUNCIL” DO NOTHING” MEMBER LIVES THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO PROBLEMS.IN FACT WE HAVE NOT SEEN NOR HEARD FROM DOC WHIBY MUCH SINCE SHE WAS LOOKING FOR VOTES.
    ALL YOU FOLKS JUST KEEP ON BELEIVING THESE BURECRATS AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW THEY WILL PROBLY JUST RAISE YOUR TAXES TO PAY FOR THE PROGRAMS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN FUNDED.
    THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBURG OF THE INCOMPETANT FOLKS THAT ARE TRYING TO RUN OUR CITY!!!!!!!!!

  2. $400,00.00 for 8 homeowners!!OMG! What a mansion it will be. All I want is a paved driveway, so I will stop falling down!! Oh my I guess that is too much to ask for.

  3. Tim Smith says:

    Should we be funding investment properties with tax money?
    Rental property is an investment that property owners take on to turn a profit. You put enough money down on the property so you can set your rents to cover your expenses and make a little extra after all the bills are paid. Maintenance is part of your expenses. If you can not cover your expenses you will loose part or all of your investment capital. That is the way it works.
    I, as a tax payer, do not want my tax money bailing out investors for their poor business practices. I have no problem with my tax money helping a low income/fixed income home owner maintain their home and /or make their home safer.
    If these investment property owners do a better job at cleaning up their properties and help us to get rid of the criminals, which by-the-way are keeping their investment from appreciating, I can see giving them a break on their taxes or doing some improvments along their property lines or even a low interest loan, but not a grant.

  4. beverly sexton says:

    I agree 10o% with Tim Smith.We cannot get mr. Bill to take care of a broken branch laying on sidewalk.305 Ft. worth.Just go down E.L.C. road cannot miss it.Been laying there close to a month now.While you are at it.Look at the dumpster that is a eye sore not enclosed.

  5. Susan Ross says:

    I believe that spending $400 each to fix up eight $150 homes is a waste of money for our neighborhoods. The investment woud be greater to our area to spend less money and help more homes. Or like Freida said, help with driveways for safety issues, outside lighting, crime reduction landscaping/ home exteriors, windows for many people who lose heat thu our old leaky windows.
    Also, does a room addition cost $300 on a $150 home. Some how I think now. Lets be financially responsible to our community, we have waited so long to get this help, don’t screw it up.

  6. Susan Ross says:

    OK, I know that I was in error in my previous response. Sorry

  7. Christina says:

    I live in Monticello Village but guess what… I don’t qualify for any of the programs according to their income guidelines. This gives 32 people and 5 apt complexes the opportunity to do something nice for thier homes among 3 neighborhoods. What the heck does that amount to? Where is the revitalization there? Big Whoop! When this was first mentioned they said that it would be for ALL residents of the neighborhoods. What happened? Yes, I can see giving the elderly things they need for safety reasons and energy efficency. But come on… If you really think that improving 32 homes divided among 3 different neighborhoods is going to make a dent, think again.

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