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Augusta Commissioners hear details of a plan to provide affordable housing



The executive director of the Augusta Land Bank Authority laid out a plan to provide affordable housing to low- and moderate-income people and at the same time address blight in Augusta.

Shawn Edwards brought details of the program to a workshop and blight and affordable housing that had been ar...

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  1. $30000 to rehab a home is a pipe dream. And the math does not add up. 40 homes at $30000 each comes to $1.2 million dollars. Does that mean $800000 to administer the program? That equates to 40% overhead. So the actual cost is $50000 per home. As for their track record, I will have to check to see how many houses the Augusta Land Bank Authority has rehabbed for $30000 or less.

  2. The initial stage as a neighborhood progresses toward becoming a blighted neighborhood is property crime —- unsolved / unpursued / unprosecuted property crime .
    Examples –
    1. —- kids ditch school and break into a neighbor’s house while the neighbor is at work ,
    2. —- adult criminals cruise neighborhoods noting which houses regularly have no cars in the driveway during the day — indicating an easy target for daytime burglary and /or vandalism of HVAC for the copper
    3. —- the Sheriff’s Office response is to prepare an “incident report” and tell the property crime victim (property owner) to file an insurance claim .

    No effort is made to solve the property crime .

    Over time the property owners move out of the crime ridden neighborhood.
    The property owner initially rents the property , but the rent does not cover property taxes ,fire & liability insurance , and the cost of repair & maintenance .
    Eventually renters can’t be found for the crime ridden neighborhood.

    Do the Commissioners believe that rehabbing houses in a crime ridden neighborhood is anything but a short term solution ???
    Well —- these are the same Commissioners who voted to allow the Coliseum Authority to try to INCREASE PROPERTY TAXES three (3) mills to build a TWO HUNDRED FIFTY MILLION ($250,000,000.00) DOLLAR Civic Center that in their best argument —- only adds 3500 seats .
    Do the math to determine the cost of each additional seat .

    Before any long term fight against blight can be accomplished the attitude of the Sheriff’s Office concerning PROPERTY CRIME has to change .
    DUI arrests have fallen eighty (80) percent since their peak ( because of Uber). Take some of that manpower that is no longer producing significant DUI arrests and create a PROPERTY CRIMES TASK FORCE .

    If PROPERTY CRIME continues to be treated as —- only a problem for the insurance companies —- the existing blighted neighborhoods cannot be successfully rehabbed and the dominos will continue to fall on other neighborhoods. The PROPERTY CRIME CRIMINALS HAVE TO STEAL FROM SOMEBODY . Your name will eventually be —- SOMEBODY .


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    triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
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