Its been six months since several dozen families moved into a controversial east Rockford housing complex, and residents are getting settled.
They had a chance to talk about their experiences at a forum Tuesday night at the River Valley Community Church.
More than 40 families moved to the Grove at Keith Creek, on South New Towne Drive, last August, having been relocated from the Fairgrounds Housing Complex, near downtown Rockford.
Residents in the area had been vocal about their concerns about their new neighbors. The Fairgrounds complex had built up a reputation for being high in crime.
Along with the Rockford Housing Authority, local church leaders created a program called ‘Family to Family’, designed to pair a church or faith community with a Grove family to help them in their new environment.
Grove resident Leticia Bowman says she’s still getting used to her new home.
“It’s a lot more convenient now because you’re next to everything,” said Bowman. “But, when I first moved here, I didn’t know where exactly all the childcare [facilities] were and how to be able to set up the buses.”
The Family to Family program provides a variety of services, including helping residents obtain a GED and money management classes.