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June 3, 2013

Community Action Partnership Celebrates NeighborWorks Week


Community Action Partnership of North Alabama

DECATUR — This June, thousands of volunteers across the country will come together to improve their communities by cleaning up their neighborhoods and educating residents about homeownership.

During NeighborWorks Week, June 1-8, Community Action Partnership of North Alabama will join other NeighborWorks organizations in mobilizing business people, residents and government officials to bring about neighborhood change and awareness. Homes will be rehabilitated and repaired, properties painted and landscaped, neighborhood tours conducted, successful partnerships recognized and a number of events held to educate, train and inform. In 2012, the NeighborWorks network generated more than $4.7 billion in total direct investment and helped more than 305,000 low- to moderate-income families purchase, improve and maintain their homes.

“NeighborWorks Week is a major event nationally, and for us locally. As one of only 240 affiliates across the nation, this is a chance for our agency to make a positive community impact through the activities we have planned,” said Michael Tubbs, Executive Director of Community Action Partnership of North Alabama.

In Decatur, The Partnership will bring together local stakeholders to discuss the barriers to homeownership and ways families can realize the American dream of owning their own homes. At 10 a.m. Thursday, June 6, real estate professionals, lending specialists and community leaders will join The Partnership’s homeownership team to discuss affordable housing obstacles facing potential homebuyers and offer solutions to obtain financing to purchase homes during a forum at The Partnership's Decatur office on Central Parkway Southwest.

“The forum on Thursday will help our agency be better equipped to assist future homeowners and the community service projects will give us a chance to make a visible impact in our community,” Tubbs said.

The Partnership is in the midst of making the dream of homeownership a reality through its program to acquire  and rehabilitate  foreclosed homes while providing clients financial counseling to secure affordable loans to buy the homes.   On Friday, June 6, employees with The Partnership will volunteer their time to landscape and make repairs to one of these homes in Decatur on Larkwood Drive Southwest. Another community service project will take place earlier in the day with The Partnership planting flowers with children at Decatur daycare Childcare Network on Clarkview Street Southwest.