COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Habitat for Humanity Southwood Clean Up Project
Donation to Habitat for Humanity to Support Non-profit Partnership in Clean Up Project for Southwood Trailer Park
Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, Shadman, and Ms. Catlin
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
May 7, 2008
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
Habitat for Humanity has taken over ownership of Southwood Trailer Park and has been actively working on improving conditions for the many County residents who live in this neighborhood. Over the past year, Habitatís focus has been on correcting septic, sewer and plumbing issues as well as removal of dangerous trees. The majority of funds available to Habitat were spent on these neglected health and safety issues. Their focus is now shifting to the actual clean up of the common areas as well as to providing assistance for each resident to clean up the areas around their residences. There are currently areas of trash and debris located throughout the neighborhood, resulting in health and safety issues related to the build-up of trash. Habitat officials are hoping that by engaging the community in this process, the culture of living at Southwood will begin to change so residents begin to take personal responsibility for their area and the common areas.
Objective 1.2.: By June 30, 2010, working in partnership with others, increase affordable housing opportunities for those who work and/or live in Albemarle County.
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors is being requested to provide support to Habitat for Humanity for a community clean up day at Southwood Trailer Park. The clean up is a partnership effort between Habitat for Humanity, Comcast, Inc. and the Southwood Boys and Girls Club. Comcast has provided funding for nineteen dumpsters that will be distributed throughout the community on May 3rd. Cavalier Container LLC is providing the dumpsters and a tractor with an operator at a greatly reduced rate. Habitat expects up to 200 Comcast, Inc. volunteers to participate in this effort and the goal is to get an equal number of Southwood residents involved, with a focus on clean up of the common areas as well as providing assistance for each resident.
Habitat has asked the County to provide funding to cover the tipping fees required to dispose of the trash. Staff believes that this major clean up effort is a critical step in helping to create a safer and healthier environment for the many families who live in this community. This clean up represents a unique partnership between local non-profits, businesses and the County and has significant and lasting benefits to our community. While the County usually considers these funding requests during its regular budget cycle, this opportunity to significantly improve conditions at Southwood arose after agency budgets were considered and decided upon. Staff feels that there is a clear and compelling community benefit to participating in this non-profit partnership which advances the Countyís strategic goal regarding support for affordable housing.
The requested funds are available in the General Services Department Operating Budget for tipping fees and staff feels that this is an appropriate and worthwhile expenditure of those funds. If approved, General Services Director George Shadman will coordinate with staff at Habitat for Humanity to arrange for payment of the tipping fees.
This request is for funds already available in the General Services budget allocated for tipping fees.
Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors approve a donation to Habitat for Humanity not to exceed $3,000.00 to pay for tipping fees associated with the Comcast Cares Clean up Day on May 3.
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