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Project goal: Rebuild neighborhoods
Taking back our neighborhoods and communities, which have fallen to decay and neglect, has long been a dream of Helena-West Helena resident and a city council candidate in the recent elections, Vivian Holder.
As neighborhoods have declined in population, the crime and violence rates in the neighborhoods have increased. Within many neighborhoods there are overgrown vacant lots and houses left to decay and fall to the ground.
Holder is asking everyone to join the “One Dollar Neighborhoods Restoration Project Inc., an official 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, in revitalizing and restoring neighborhoods that have been negatively affected by poor economic conditions. The non-profit is set up for residents in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee – or anywhere in the Delta area.
An account has been set up at the Southern Bancorp to help with the revitalization project. Anyone in the community can give any amount they would like to help in the restoration project.
The organization through the collaborative efforts of community residents, leaders, businesses and government will work to restore forgotten neighborhoods to become prosperous neighborhoods for families again.
Holder presented a poster depicting the prices of houses back in 1910. In the early 1900s a family could buy a house for a dollar down and a dollar a week.
To find out more about the project go to the Website at
www.onedollarneighborhoods.com. Holder also can be reached by calling 1-870-638-4132.
Holder says her vision for Helena West Helena can best be explained by this verse from Proverbs 29:18- “A vision comes as a gift born of humility, of wisdom, and of patience.” Where there is no vision, the people will perish.”