CNE Director Outlines Goals To Civitans

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

 

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprises CEO Martina Guilfoil told members of the Civitan Club on Friday she feels Chattanooga is a place where "people are all inclined to want to do something about the community and make it a better place to live."

CNE, a nonprofit organization, has been working toward that goal since 1986. Ms. Guilfoil said the agency wanted to "provide the opportunity for all Chattanoogans to have decent and affordable housing."

However, she said, "I think there's a difference in a hand up and a handout." She said the organization would work with people on loan modification, but that people had to make their payments. She described their policy as one of "mutual responsibility," saying, "If we aren't good stewards of our resources, we can't help the next person."

She said that while CNE does receive money from the city and the government, "We operate as a business, so we generate income."

She said, "The money that we hold is not my organization's money; it's the community's money and I'm just a steward."

CNE has created well over 3,600 homeowners in the area and counseled over 1,100 through foreclosure prevention. Ms. Guilfoil said this is important because each home that is foreclosed ends up having a negative economic impact of approximately $75,000.

She also said CNE will be helping to create more affordable rentals for working families. She said, while there are lots of single units available, finding a rental for a family could be a challenge. She said, "There's a role for rental in our community that's important."

She said, "Not everyone can afford to buy a house." She said this would be important in the coming years because many millennials would also not be able to buy homes because of student debt.

Ms. Guilfoil told the audience in the near future CNE would be working in the St. Elmo and Alton Park areas to develop neighborhoods. She also said the agency is "looking to do some major work in the Highland Park area." She said, "It's the next neighborhood ready for change."

She emphasized that the work in these areas would not just be about "bricks and mortar," but about "connecting people" as well. She said the group wants to create environments where people will want to stay.



Home Sales Increase In April In Chattanooga

Home sales increased in April in Chattanooga, according to a report from the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors.   The report said, "As we turn the page to the second quarter of 2015, a proliferation of new  listings is expected in most markets across the U.S. Spring is traditionally the  commonplace time of the year that we see some of the most desirable ... (click for more)

Georgia Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty To Bid Rigging And Fraud Conspiracies At Public Foreclosure Auctions

A Georgia real estate investor pleaded guilty on Tuesday for his role in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Georgia, the Department of Justice announced. Felony charges against Eric Hulsman were filed on March 27, in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta. According to court documents, from ... (click for more)

National Championship Bicycle Racing Gets Underway In Chattanooga

National championship bicycling racing got underway in Chattanooga on Saturday morning under glorious Memorial Day weekend weather. Individual Time Trial Para-Cycling began at 8 a.m. at the Volkswagen facility. Individual Time Trial Female was at 11 a.m. and for the men was at 2 p.m. The Para-Cycling road race is Sunday at Volkswagen. The female road race kicks off ... (click for more)

Flora Tydings Selected As Chattanooga State’s Next President

Flora Tydings is expected to be named the next president to lead Chattanooga State Community College pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents at a special called meeting next Wednesday. The board will meet at 9:30 a.m. CDT at the TBR System Office in Nashville. Included on the agenda is TBR Chancellor John Morgan’s recommendation for Dr. Tydings to replace Interim President ... (click for more)

Shame On The Housing Authority

With Chattanooga and other cities around the nation struggling to find solutions to chronic homelessness it's cruel to evict families likely with children over a fight.   When you evict the adults you're also evicting any and all children in the household.  Intelligence would dictate looking for a root cause. Compassion would dictate looking for alternatives. Both ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Great Orthopedic Success

Mark Freeman, the chief of orthopedic surgery at Erlanger Hospital, shared a dazzling look at our area’s Level One Trauma Center Friday morning. Yet, as he described the dramatic changes that have occurred in just the past 12 months, the promise of what will happen within the next year was even more appealing. Believe this, our flagship hospital is getting well in a hurry. “If ... (click for more)