Woman Rallies Community in Defeating Blight

Woman Rallies Community in Defeating Blight

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Marcia Rogers has done a lot of leg work making improvements in the Duval Estates housing complex.

"Got rid of the trouble makers, the people that don't want to pay rent, the people that want to cause a lot of trouble and damage the property," says Rogers.

It's something she's done for years in other areas like South Carolina, Atlanta and Birmingham. And for Rogers, it's about more than just dollars and cents.

"We're actually a family and that's what we would love for Maysville community, to be a family."

That's why she's stepped up to the plate, encouraging folks to go to the Maysville Community Action Group meetings each month. There they talk about cleaning up dilapidated structures in their neighborhood.

"We notice houses that are abandoned, properties that have not been cut and we get together and encourage everyone to call 311."

311, the city's helpline, then gives the community action group information about the property and they take it from there.

"We try to talk to the owner and see what the owner could do or see what we can do to help that owner get the property back up like he's supposed to."

This includes mowing lawns or boarding up windows, just like Rogers has done in Duval Estates, which she plans on improving even more by renovating all the units.

"This is where we're going to start, we're going to start in the back and we're going to work our way to the front."

Hoping others will step forward with her in spreading that love throughout the area.

"Most people want to go to church and want to put money in for collection. Well, my thing is God takes anything. If you volunteer for work, that's just like donating money to the church. Go volunteer help cut the grass, help clean a roof, help remove a tree.

The next community action meeting for Maysville is next month September 24 at Revelations Church.

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