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HOMEOWNERSHIP PROGRAM FOR FAMILIES OUTLINED

The Community Action Committee Tuesday heard from Jill Casey, who left the city Department of Development seven years ago for a position at Chautauqua Opportunities.

She is involved in community development for Chautauqua Opportunities, which is an outgrowth of the anti-poverty agency of the 1960s.

One of the new programs she described is "Home in the City," through which low-income families can buy their own homes. Advice on budgeting and finances is given in the program. Savings accounts must be established, and banks then lend money to the families for both purchase and rehabilitation of the properties.

The program is in place in Jamestown. Ms. Casey is hoping that Dunkirk city officials will help in starting it in this city, although, she said, the private sector can also assist the program.

Chautauqua Opportunities contracts with the state and federal government for various services in the human services fields. These include Head Start, subsidies for rents, and housing rehabilitation, supervising the state program for day-care providers, an alternative high school for teen-age parents, and various mentoring programs.

The Community Action Committee also heard city Development Director Christine Kinn discuss the city's plan for the harborfront area.

She said that the plan shows what can be done and that future development should keep the plan in mind.

Gerald Boardway of Fredonia, who said he grew up in Dunkirk, defined the harborfront area as north of Route 5 to Lake Erie.

"The harborfront area should be a large park for people to see as they drive through," he said.

He suggested a plan to enlarge Memorial Park on the west side of Central Avenue to have as much green space as possible along the lake.

The harbor is one of the topics under study by the committee.

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