Public housing programs, and the people who depend on them, are not always cast in the best light, but the Fairmont Community Development Partnership is looking to change those ideas, one house at a time.
Programs like the FCDP have been working to assist residents who are employed, and capable of home ownership but need a jump in the right direction for sometime now.
Many residents still see affordable housing as a central location for crime and choose to give up on owning a home because of it. Officials are quickly working to change that negative stereotype. The Partnership has been in the process of buying, and rebuilding homes for low to moderate income families throughout Fairmont for years.
Recently, their development sites have been focused on the 800 block of Virginia avenue. With several homes on that block already finished, and one now open to the public to tour, officials keep encouraging residents to look into affordable housing and move forward as potential homeowners.
"What we want to sow the public with this house is that not only are we building something affordable, but we are building something with high quality that's energy star efficient, but it's a product that people can be proud of, and have pride of ownership once they move in." said Mike Walker, Property Manager for the Fairmont Community Development Partnership.
The FCDP is already looking toward the future, and officials say that you can expect big changes coming to homes on the south side of Fairmont starting in 2014.