City Receives “Green” Grant to Improve Neighborhoods, Create Jobs

The City of Savannah is one of six cities to receive a sizeable grant from the Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund (SSCF).

The $233,244 grant will be used to convert flood-prone vacant FEMA lots into urban tree nurseries and green infrastructure pilot projects. The project also will also provide real world technical training to 15 unemployed residents and will include job placement program.

In 2016, Hurricane Matthew caused significant damage to Savannah’s tree canopy and neighborhoods, costing $13 million in tree debris removal and unknown losses in water storage from mature trees.

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