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New resource center will help the community

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After winning more than $50 million in grant money the Beaumont Housing Authority has replaced run down housing with brand new living spaces for low or mixed income families.

And now the housing authority is putting the finishing touches on the last project they've built with that money.

In July of 2006 the Beaumont Housing Authority won the Hope IV grant for $52 million.

"Hope IV was designed to do a number of things, one to demolish dilapidated housing, two to revitalize the neighborhood," said the Executive Director of the BHA Robert Reyna.

And three offer programs for families to learn to be self-sufficient.

"It runs the gamut from how do you write a check to how do I take care of my personal health," said Reyna about the range in their programming.

Reyna with the housing authority says as part of the program they knocked down the vacant police substation at the old fair grounds and replaced it with a new, state-of-the-art neighborhood resource center.

"Hopefully they walk away with a sense of self-worth," said Reyna.

Residents will have access to computers, educational classes and they'll meet with social service agencies to make plans for their future living and working situations.

"When they come out of the program they feel like, hey someone took the time to listen and to assess what I need," Reyna said.

And after opening Reyna says the programs will be open to people in the surrounding community.

The Beaumont housing authority recently was awarded two grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for more than 82 thousand dollars.

Some of those funds will pay for the programs that will take place in the neighborhood resource center.

The 750 thousand dollar facility should be done by the end of this month.

The first workshop is scheduled for mid November.

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