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I will continue my work in having our Northwest Neighborhood Service Center (NSC) be more accepting of the neighborhood associations; to not just listen to their concerns, but also empathize and react to them in a timely manner, as if they themselves were experiencing these same issues.
I will continue to work alongside Many Neighbors Building Neighborhoods (MNBN), as well as other neighborhood associations and block clubs, pushing for community friendly policies to increase homeowner occupancy and property values, as well as reduce vacant structures, open-air drug sales and other issues that we see every day contributing to the increasing blight in our neighborhoods.
**UPDATE** I have been hosting Town Hall Meetings for Neighborhood Leaders, as well as outreach events in the 4 major neighborhoods. If you have not heard of these, please download my app to stay in the know!
Our communities grow stronger when businesses are owned and operated by our fellow neighbors. Our city government should be proactive about providing more development workshops, and informing business owners of city and county resources that maximize their potential for growth.
Providing Opportunities for the Next Generation
We should incentives small business owners to hire and train teen employees/apprentices from our community. This would in turn keep more real-life work experienced young adults in our city, who can then buy homes and start families earlier in life, thereby increasing our tax base and lowering our crime.
**UPDATE** At my last townhall meeting we had a VIP showing of a new website dedicated to helping local entrepreneurs and small businesses get the funding and information they need! If you did not get that invite, it was on my app!
All vacant homes should first be available to first time, owner-occupied homebuyers. A zero to low interest 2nd lien loan (up to $25,000) should also be offered to fix up any major issues. This will be done by teaming up with non-profits in our city geared towards home-ownership.
Increase the Home Purchase Assistance Program grant from $3,000 to $5,000 and lower the required time frame to close from 90 to 45 days. For city employees and union workers looking to live in the city, that grant should be increased to $7,500.
**UPDATE** I have hosted first time homebuyer courses with local real estate agents, as well as participated in local non-profit informational meetings for First Time Homebuyers. I have also teamed up with CCCS of Rochester and sent many people to get the credit help they need to be ready to buy a home. Also, the city's time requirement for Home Purchase grant has decreased from requiring 90 days to 60 days, making it easier for offers to be accepted!
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