University Employees invited to “Live Where You Work”

Showing you the money from “Live Where You Work” are from left: (front row) Homeowner Regina Shoulders, Lyndhurst Foundation Program Officer Sarah Morgan , and Vice Chancellor of Finance and Operations Richard Brown (back row) Hellenna Terrell, UTC Director of Equity and Diversity, Chancellor Bill Stacy and Joyce Smith, Inner City Development.

Pleased homeowner Regina Shoulders and her parents celebrate with a housewarming gift basket.

Regina Shoulders, senior communications officer with the UTC police department, recently moved into a pretty new home on Flynn Street, not far from Central Avenue. She is the first person to reap the benefits of the University’s “Live Where You Work” UTC/MLK Housing Incentive Program, which allows full-time faculty and staff up to $15,000 in incentives for moving into the M.L. King neighborhood.

“I am loving my house. I think this is a very good program, because people who work for the University can live closer to work and own a home,” Shoulders said.

“Live Where You Work”contributes $5,000 for a down payment, closing costs, paint or repairs. Also, $2,000 per year for five years is available to continue home improvements, to use toward tax assistance and more. A five-year commitment from the employee is required to live within the M.L. King neighborhood.

“My neighbors are very friendly, and the neighborhood is very quiet,” Shoulders said.

The M.L. King Neighborhood Housing Initiative Program is the collaborative work of UTC, the M.L. King Neighborhood Association and the Lyndhurst Foundation. The rebuilding and renovation of the houses in the “Live Where You Work” program is done by Inner City Development Corporation, a private, nonprofit group established to stimulate revitalization of the M.L. King neighborhood.

The program also works in cooperation with the Community Impact Fund and the UTC Community Outreach Partnership Center.