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HUD Honors Durham for Partnership Against Poverty

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DURHAM — Durham is the recipient of two awards from the Housing and UrbanDevelopment. The John. J. Gunther Award has been presented to Durham forits aggressive community development programs. The honor is the result ofa two year long partnership between Durham, non-profit organizations, andmost importantly, citizens.

A year ago Jayquatar Walton had no job. She lived in the streets and wasa victim of homelessness. Now she's works at Revco thanks to Dove House, atransitional home helping women get out of poverty.

Walton says it was the tough love approach that worked for her. DoveHouse gave her discipline. In turn, she had new direction and many doorsopened.

Doors also opened for Alphonso Williams. He's been jailed, addicted, andhomeless. Today, he's a leader of Phoenix House, a transitional home formen. That's where he received a helping hand.

Williams remembers the time when he thought it was the end. But throughprograms like Phoenix House, he regained a sense of direction.

Leading people to a successful direction is why Durham has received theGunther award from HUD. The city works with non-profit agencies and citizensto tackle problems of poverty.

Michael Pullum, a City of Durham planner, says it's because the projectsare done in a joint partnership that they are successful.

Another partnership is the Continuum of Care and Community DevelopmentConsolidated Plan. It provides funding for programs like the $650,000expansion of Genesis Home, transitional housing for homeless families.

Hopefully, they will not re-enter the ranks of homelessness, but insteadbecome a contributing member of the community.

Durham is continuing its attack on poverty. Thursday, Durham MentalHealth and Housing for New Hope will open a new facility that will providetransitional housing for 70 homeless families.

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