Athens, Ga. – The FHCE service-learning class Housing and Community Development (HACE 4340S) taught by Dr. Kim Skobba and Dr. Karen Tinsley traveled to Porterdale, Ga., on March 28 to conduct a housing conditions assessment.
Porterdale City Manager Bob Thomson and Housing code Enforcer Willie Milligan led the group on a tour of the community.
The students then conducted a windshield survey on the housing conditions in the community. The project findings will be presented to the mayor and city manager at the end of the semester. The data will be used by the city for grant applications for housing rehabilitation or demolition programs.
The goal of the project is to give students a better understanding of housing problems that low-income residents and neighborhoods face, as well as planning challenges of housing organizations and local governments.
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