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Mayor David Gonzalez announced the city's support for two nonprofit organizations that will offer education, training and social services to at-risk youth. YouthBuild International, affiliated with Bethel Family Resource Center and funded by the Department of Labor Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, creates access to education, training and support services, specifically in construction and other in-demand industries.
City Helps, Inc., through Cornerstone Christian Center, provides education and training to low and moderate income youth in vocational and social service skills. The city council recently approved four Option-to-Purchase agreements for city-owned vacant residential properties. YouthBuild International and City Helps, Inc. will be conducting property reviews with the intent that the properties will be rehabbed through their workforce training programs and put back on the tax rolls for residential occupancy.
“The collaboration with YouthBuild and City Helps is a great example of a positive result from my administration’s efforts to combat blight,” said Gonzalez. “We have two nonprofit groups teaching workforce skills to young people, the city has title to the properties they need for their work, and now we have a potential to transform vacant properties into homes. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”