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New Habitat for Humanity housing to be built in Opa-locka Triangle

Commissioner Jordan (far right) with Anne Manning, of Habitat for Humanity, City of Opa-locka Commissioner Timothy Holmes, and Mayor Joseph L. Kelley.
The demolition of dilapidated property by Opa-locka’s Washington Avenue became a symbol of a new beginning. On October 6, Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, joined by officials from the City of Opa-locka and Habitat for Humanity, celebrated what will soon become 26 single family homes, making homeownership possible for several families in the area.

Last year, Commissioner Jordan sponsored two resolutions to rehabilitate the properties in the Opa-locka neighborhood to create homeownership opportunities for eligible low income families. Another resolution approved the land usage for Habitat For Humanity to begin building the homes. Opa-locka residents and employees will be given priority on applying to live in these homes once completed.

The Habitat For Humanity project is one of several plans to revitalize the Opa-locka community. The plan will complement Commissioner Jordan’s 2006 resolutions reserving $1.2 and $1.9 million respectively for the Opa-locka rehabilitation and beautification programs. The Miami-Dade Community Action Agency’s (CAA) Beautification Program provides homeowners of single-family homes with exterior painting and landscaping worth up to $5,900 if they meet the maximum income requirement. For more extensive repairs, the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) offers loans of up to $30,000 to rehabilitate qualified homes. To date, more than 100 homes in Opa-locka have undergone improvements, from cosmetic to more in-depth maintenance. Commissioner Jordan is also seeking funding opportunities to assist the Opa-locka CDC with the rehabilitation of abandoned apartment buildings in the Magnolia North area.

“The residents of this area deserve more than to see abandoned or blighted buildings in their neighborhood. They deserve to feel like they are part of a community, a place they are proud to call home,” said Commissioner Jordan. “Thanks to the efforts of Habitat for Humanity and Opa-locka officials, we are a few steps closer to bringing new affordable housing options to local residents.”