About 150 local community organizers and neighborhood residents gather at the Racine City Hall on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 6:45 p.m. to seek answers from Mayor Thomas Friedel, The Department of City Development and other related city hall officials on plans for addressing community issues with the stimulus funding.
The City of Racine has been promised by the Department of Housing and Urban Development $1.351 Million-$817,000 slated for homeless prevention and $534,000 in community development block grant cash for various local needs.
The Mayors Office has not announced plans or any intentions to meet with community organizers or neighborhood residents to assess the priority of needs. Lack of jobs, affordable housing projects, transportation issues and programs for at-risk youth are among the issues that community organizers and neighborhood residents will seek answers from the City Hall Officials regarding usage with stimulus funding.
Mayoral Candidate Robert Turner and the 1st District Aldermanic Candidate Keith Fair were in attendance and express concerns of the community at-large and request a full disclosure of the distribution of stimulus funding.