Community Connection Forum planned for MLK area in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The City of Greensboro is teaming up with several outside agencies for a Community Connection Forum aimed at helping the neighborhood around Martin Luther King Jr Drive.

Teneil Austin works and lives on Martin Luther King Jr Drive. She says increasing police presence to reduce crime only addresses part of the problem.

“Especially on this end, there are a lot of older folks and their houses need fixing up bad,” said Austin.

Fixing up the old and boarded up houses was one of several things residents mentioned when city leaders asked what else they can do to help the neighborhood. The city received feedback from residents during two previous community meetings.

“One of the things we heard was we need some information from people other than city services,” said Assistant City Manager David Parrish.

Parrish says city leaders and other agency representatives will provide information about everything from animal control to housing repairs at the Community Connection Forum.

The Greensboro Housing Coalition is one of the organizations planning to attend the meeting to help the neighborhoods surrounding MLK corridor.

“Because of the age of the housing, there are a lot of health risks, health and safety risks we want to talk to people about what they can do,” said Executive Director Beth McKee-Huger.

McKee-Huger says they will be there to answer all housing questions. They will also provide information about safe home repair remedies, and programs that help unemployed residents pay mortgages.

“Especially people who care about the neighborhood, they will come and participate in that,” said Austin.

The Community Connection Forum will be held Monday, June 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Guilford Child Development Center at 1200 Arlington St.