Salem Officials Intend to Transform Neighborhoods

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Officials in Salem got together Wednesday to sign off on a new initiative that they hope will help revitalize the city.

Mayor Charles Washington, Jr. held a ceremonial signing to implement a new program called the "Neighborhood Transformation Initiative."

The aim of the project is to encourage home ownership and rebuild Salem's neighborhoods as thriving communities.

"Ultimately what we're looking to do is ... to provide hard-working individuals with an opportunity to own a home, live in a great community, and raise their family, and we're really looking forward to it," says Mayor Washington, Jr. "I think there's a great opportunity for the City of Salem and more importantly, the people that want to come within the city, not just to work and play, but to make Salem ... home and raise a family."

The United States Department of Agriculture is a partner in the program. It is designed to help the city define programs and policies that will allow them to identify properties owned by the city, and sell them to potential homeowners at a price below market value.

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