Community Help, Inc Helps Local Citizen in Need


Alderman John Hall, Alderman Dr. Estella Shabazz, homeowner Ms. Lucy Grant, City Housing Director martin Fretty and Community Help, Inc. President, Bernard Polite.
Alderman John Hall, Alderman Dr. Estella Shabazz, homeowner Ms. Lucy Grant, City Housing Director martin Fretty and Community Help, Inc. President, Bernard Polite.

Community Help, Inc. a Community Development Corporation partnered with the City of Savannah to assist a local senior citizen with home improvement. Ms. Lucy Grant, a home owner in East Savannah received a new roof for her home. This came about because Ms. Grant demonstrated her need through an application and venting process.

During a brief news conference she expressed her gratitude to the city and Community Help, Inc. Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Martin Fretty, City of Savannah Housing Director, said this kind of partnership was exactly what was needed during a time when the federal government continued its reduction of Savannah’s share of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. Alderman John Hall, who represents the neighbor, said that this is an example of the private sector and government working together.

Mr. Bernard Polite, who serves as president of Community Help, Inc. expressed the benefit of community organizations forming partnerships to solve community needs by focusing our resources. He also expressed the organization’s desire to continue partnership efforts like this. Community Help, Inc. was created in 2005, in response to the City of Savannah’s Anti-Poverty Taskforce report to the community.

It called for the Faith Community’s engagement in finding solutions to social issues within Savannah and Chatham County. Saint Philip Monumental A.M.E. Church under the leadership of Rev. George A. Moore, Jr., Senior Pastor responded to that challenge with the development of a community development corporation whose mission statement is

To improve the quality of life of economically challenged families in the city of Savannah and Chatham County, through assistance youth and senior citizens by focusing on education, economic development and safe secure housing.”

For more information, visit the web site at “communityhelpinc.org”.


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