first_img Related Stories An audio version of this story.0:32Rural communities in Georgia are getting some attention from the University of Georgia.Researchers will be taking a look at more than 300 small towns throughout the state. Many of them are in rough shape.“Dilapidated housing, a lack of affordable housing, you know, access to home ownership can be an issue,” Kim Skobba, an assistant professor of financial planning, housing and consumer economics at UGA, says.The Department of Agriculture is giving UGA a five year grant worth nearly $500,000.“The survey will give us a sense of what’s happening in Georgia and then how specifically, you know, what techniques really work to help communities come together to solve their problems,” Skobba says.Researchers will use communities selected from the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing as well as small, rural communities not a part of GICH to compare needs and issues. These comparison communities will help researchers see whether or not capacity building programs enhance social capital and support. Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Share 0:32 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party For Whom The Bell Rings last_img

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