Keeping My Word, Keeping You Informed Town Hall
Sen. Allison DeGazon will be hosting a town hall meeting on Wednesday, July 24 at the Sunny Isle Amphitheater to discuss her committee legislation, and issues surrounding housing and education in the community.
The town hall, called “Keeping my word, keeping you informed,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Invited to speak at the town hall will be Carlos McGregor, Insular Superintendent from the Virgin Islands Department of Education.
In June, DOE announced that schools territory-wide will move to a K-8 model and will require changes to school uniforms. DOE noted that the move to a K-8 model was a necessary step in the right direction to alleviate long-standing employee shortages and decreased student enrollment, eliminate use of aging and damaged school buildings, and reduce operational costs.
According to DeGazon the decision has created a slew of questions in the community.
“Our office is hoping to provide a platform for this re-configuration to be further explained, and for any constituent’s questions to be addressed through the primary source,” DeGazon said.
DeGazon also invited the Darryl Griffith, Executive Director of Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority, noting that the Rental Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program “could prove to be very helpful to qualifying landlords and the low-moderate income households of our community.”
The Rental Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program is a $25 million rental unit rehab program announced by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. last month, that will provide up to $50,000 per apartment to 500 landlords to repair their rental units.
The program is a forgivable 15-year loan to the landlord with the caveat that during that 15-year period the unit must be made available to low to moderate income households with a preference for the section-8 voucher holders.