Frayser Group Hoping for Change After Meeting in Nation’s Capital

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(Memphis) Over the next 16 months, the Frayser Steering Committee hopes to write up a plan to fight blight, crime and unemployment in their area.

“This plan is different than most planning efforts. It is not a physical plan of what the neighborhood will look like. It`s a quality of life plan about what the neighborhood wants to be,” said Shep Wilbun.

The group is now back in Memphis after meeting with lawmakers and policy makers in Washington D.C.

Charlie Caswell went to the meetings. He says, according to the federal government, part of the problems in Frayser are from too many people and not enough resources. When housing projects shut down across the city, many moved to Frayser, but programs to help families didn’t move.

Caswell hopes the steering committee can help convince leaders to funnel money into the neighborhood for programs like, job training.

“If they can walk to one in their community, that`s a better chance for them to be educated and go out to those opportunities,” said Caswell.

But the group says the greatest resource the community has is its people and they hope those living in the community will join them to change the neighborhood.

“Frayser did not get into the condition that it is in now in one or two years. It will not be in the condition that we want it to ultimately be in in 5 years it’s an ongoing process,” said Wilbun.