Atlanta Stimulus Program Working

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Dawn Landau and Terry Kitts put a lot of miles on their car, looking for houses that, as they say, "need them."

"That (house) is probably our next project," pointed out Landau as they drove through Southeast Atlanta. "We're in the process of pulling that building permit right now."

The houses they choose are almost always fixer-uppers in Intown neighborhoods. To Landau and Kitts these are Atlanta's forgotten treasures, just waiting to be re-discovered.

One such house is on Mayson Avenue.

"It had a separate dining room and pantry," described Landau as she walked through the home. "And we just took all those walls out and opened it up completely."

The home offers oak hardwood floors throughout, a huge backyard and deck, off-street parking. It also sits on a MARTA line.

This is the couple's first renovation using government stimulus money, administered by the city of Atlanta through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

"I think thus far it's doing pretty well," said Landau. "And as far as keeping people working it's been great. So now it's a matter of letting the buyers take advantage of it as well."

The renovation put fifty people to work. It meets federal green guidelines and is a true bargain with liberal HUD qualifications for financing.

"We put all new systems in it," said Kitts. "All new HVAC; all new plumbing; all new electrical. So it's a nice safe house, and the finishes are really top notch."

Every home sale generates more money to buy and fix up more houses, putting more people to work and more people in homes.

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