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CBS4 News - December 3, 2008

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Rafael Hernandez Housing and Economic Development Corporation:

Building Homes, Building Lives In Little Haiti


Extensive Façade Work For Six Small Businesses In Little Haiti Business Corridor

MIAMI (CBS4) ―

A non-profit community development corporation serving the low-income residents of the Little Haiti community inaugurated a new project for the area on Wednesday.
 
The Little Haiti Commercial Rehabilitation Project will encompass significant exterior improvements to six private businesses located at 5901-05, 5911, 5921 NE 2nd Ave., and 205 NE 59th St.

The money is being provided with $225,315 in Community Development Block Grants by the City's Department of Community Development.

Improvements to be made include the installation of new windows and doors, commercial signs, awnings, paint, lighting, decorative trims and millwork.

Jan Mapou,  a book store owner for 20 years, told CBS4 Reporter Marybel Rodriguez, "We have fought for this for a long time" and Candy Cherfrere, another owner in the area, explained "it will be a positive for the community".

The rehabilitation project is the latest of several publicly funded efforts in the area including a roadway improvement project along NE 2nd Avenue and the approximately $36.9-million renovation of the Little Haiti Soccer Park and Cultural Complex.

The city of Miami is one of the nation's poorest - ranking fifth in the most recent (2006) census survey.

The gap between rich and poor is reflected in census figures: Dade County has the tenth highest degree of income inequality among 244 ranked counties.

The city's median household income ranked last among the 100 largest cities in the United States in 2000.
The city of Miami is one of the nation's poorest - ranking fifth in the most recent (2006) census survey. The gap between rich and poor is reflected in census figures: Dade County has the tenth highest degree of income inequality among 244 ranked counties. The city's median household income ranked last among the 100 largest cities in the United States in 2000.

 
The city of Miami is one of the nation's poorest - ranking fifth in the most recent (2006) census survey. The gap between rich and poor is reflected in census figures: Dade County has the tenth highest degree of income inequality among 244 ranked counties. The city's median household income ranked last among the 100 largest cities in the United States in 2000.

 

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