Community Development Coalition Corporation (CDCC) purchased this Jacksonville, Florida, home through the NSI First Look program for the purpose of rehabbing it to resell to buyers needing a renovated, affordable home. As CDCC was renovating the home, it was broken into on three occasions. The first time vandals broke in and caused general damage, the second time thieves broke down the front door and stole the new range/oven, refrigerator, microwave, and dishwasher; then the third time thieves stole the AC condenser unit. CDCC made a decision to find renters for the property to have it occupied quickly and prevent further theft.
CDCC found a family who had been transferred to Florida from Tennessee by his employer. This African-American couple has four young children with whom the Mother stays home. The Father works four 12-hour shifts each week. The family doesn’t own a lot of household belongings, so the smaller size of this 1,100 square foot home didn’t deter them. CDCC said they are ideal renters who keep the home immaculate, and the children enjoy playing in the large, shaded backyard.
CDCC did replace the previously stolen electric range/oven, microwave, dishwasher, and disposer for the family. Other renovations included in the more than $70,000 in rehab to this three bedroom, one and one-half bathroom home include a new roof, new hardwood flooring and tile, new carpet, and a completely updated kitchen with new cabinetry and countertops, and renovated bathrooms.
CDCC began their work in 2013 – they previously performed demolition work for the city of Jacksonville and after demolishing thousands of once-affordable homes, knew they wanted to be a part of rehabbing and returning these much-needed homes to those in the community who desperately desire the opportunity to purchase a decent, affordable home.