I have spent the last six months looking for Stimulus monies, American Reinvestment monies and seem to come up with nothing. I can’t find any stimulus. And so as usual we are left to our own devices – to sink or swim. As we always have been, it seems.
CARE 66 is in the process of negotiating with architects to breathe life into the former Liberty Hotel aka Carl’s TV. A second phase of this project will be to build affordable housing on the empty lot just west of it. We are waiting to find out if the Veterans Administration will be willing to fund a portion of this project.
This is going to be a big project. And its our first big project. The beginning of many more, hopefully. Like all beginnings it comes after having been working on housing and related issues for the last four years.
This week we received a grant to help with the renovation of the Lexington from BNSF. It came at just the right time. We will be able to put in new kitchen appliances upstairs and fix some leaking plumbing. Thank you Burlington Northern Santa Fe!
The number of people needing affordable, decent and safe homes continues to grow regardless of the mortgage crisis. Did you know that more people work in Gallup than live here. In other cities the number of people working is generally closer to half the population of the city.
Until next month stay well and do good!
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