Collins has been living on south third street for more than a decade and says she's fed up with looking at the abandoned houses on her street. And now, as a result of that report and Claudia's challenge, the mayor is taking action. Today, we invited Mayor Mayo to South 3rd Street so he could meet face to face with Claudia Collins.
The mayor says he has a plan of action. First he's implemented a $225,000 city program. Where the dangerous, empty homes that have bothered Claudia for the past decade will start coming down: "Public works has demolished 28 houses, with houses being on South 3rd and 16 in the area," said Mayor Jamie Mayo.
Second, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, the city will use a million dollar grant to rehab and build among the blight: "It may not seem like it but we are making some progress but we still got quite a bit of work to go and I'll be the first to admit it," said Mayor Mayo. For now, Claudia Collins says she's satisfied. But she says she and others will hold the mayor to his promise, of cleaning up her streets.