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Low-Income Housing Takes Center Stage In National League Of Cities Summit

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This week is the National League of Cities Summit where 80 city leaders from all over the country descend on Savannah to share ideas and learn from each other.  Low-income housing is an important issue in Savannah, which is a city with an almost 30% poverty rate.

Remember Strathmore Estates?  It was plagued with general disrepair.  They tore it down and rebuilt it.  Today it's called Savannah Gardens, and the difference is like night and day.  Savannah Gardens is a mixed-income housing complex where low-income families can use subsidies to live there.  That's just one of the accomplishments Savannah city leaders are showing off. 

"It's good to see what others are doing, and then you don't have to think of how you want to handle it. You can just modify," said Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson. 

"We're here to learn not only about the great things that have happened, but what are the challenges. And leaders from all over America are here to say we've had those same issues, and here's how we attacked it and dealt with it," said NLC Executive Director Clarence Anthony.   

Another housing accomplishment in Savannah is the Sustainable Fellwood complex. 

"What we're seeing is more public-private partnership, more non-profit community development organizations working with the city and working with financial institutions and working with local citizens to be able to achieve that American dream," said Anthony. 

The National League of Cities Summit started Thursday and goes through Saturday.  They'll be discussing a wide range of issues during that time. 

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