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Volunteers sought for “Gabriel’s House” repair

Work day planned for Saturday

OW Staff Writer | 9/6/2013, midnight
The city of Palmdale is seeking volunteers to assist with various tasks at a work-day event at “Gabriel’s House,” the ...
Gabriel Fernandez

The city of Palmdale is seeking volunteers to assist with various tasks at a work-day event this Saturday, Sept. 7 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at “Gabriel’s House,” the city’s third neighborhood house.

“Gabriel’s House” is located at 38533 4th St. East in Palmdale.

Community Programs Supervisor Trish Jones, as well as Jimmy and Kim Lu of The Art Branch, who will be coordinating music, art and theater programming when Gabriel’s House opens, will be on hand to register the volunteers.

Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford will kick things off with a ceremonial door smashing at 9:30, and work will continue throughout the morning.

The Palmdale City Council voted unanimously to approve the dedication of a home in Focus Neighborhood 3 for a new neighborhood house and name it “Gabriel’s House,” in memory of eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez who was tragically killed. Working with The Art Branch, “Gabriel’s House” will serve as a music and performing arts center to provide children in the area with the opportunity to develop their creative talents.

Background:

The City of Palmdale’s Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP) was developed by the Housing Division of the Economic Development Department to improve homes where low-to-moderate- income families live in specifically targeted areas. The Neighborhood Improvement Program selects targeted areas to assist low- to moderate-income families to rehabilitate their homes. Qualified residents living in a focus neighborhood can receive grants for exterior paint, landscape improvements, tool loan vouchers and trash dumpster service.

As part of NIP and to improve the appearance of the neighborhood, the Public Works Program Management Division repairs existing public improvements, and in some cases provides new public improvements such as sewers, curbs, driveways, sidewalks and landscaping.

For more information about volunteering, call Jones at (661) 267-5473. For information about programs at Gabriel’s House, contact Jimmy Lu at (310) 806-8496.