A ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Wednesday, July 3 at 10:00 AM commemorated the completion of a new affordable housing duplex on the 200 block of Dimmick Street in New Smyrna Beach.
Elected officials and senior staff attending the event hosted by NSB Housing Authority Executive Director Teresa Pope included Volusia County Councilwoman Deb Denys, Vice Mayor Randy Hartman, City Commissioner Michael Kolody, NSB Housing Authority Board Chair Rosemary Walker and Vice Chair Regis Sloan, Acting City Manager Khalid Resheidat, Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Sue Williams, Senior Executive District 25 Aide Lynnette Phillips, and Economic Development Director Tony Otte.
Vice Mayor Hartman gave remarks before the ceremony about affordable housing in general and commended the hard work of all involved stakeholders.
"Here in New Smyrna Beach, we're proudly moving in the right direction through partnerships with organizations like the NSB Housing Authority," said Vice Mayor Hartman.
The event also doubled as move-in day for Willie McCoy, the duplex’s first tenant who officially received a set of house keys from Mrs. Pope during her remarks. A US Army Special Forces combat veteran, Mr. McCoy served at the rank of Captain and was wounded in action during the Vietnam War.
“This is what our mission is: to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing to our community. We are proud to be able to offer this unit to a veteran in time for this Independence Day,” said Mrs. Pope.
Funding for the $330,000 debt-free project came from contributions from Volusia County's Shared Housing Initiatives Program, the NSB Community Redevelopment Agency, and the NSB Development Corporation.
To get more information about the NSB Housing Authority or fill out a public housing application, please visit www.newsmyrnahousing.com or call (386) 428-8171.