West Dallas Residents Join Forces to Demolish Home, Clean Up Community

DALLAS SOUTH NEWS WIRE — On Saturday, ACT, Advocates for Community Transformation, joined members of Ledbetter Gardens Neighborhood Association, the West Dallas community and more than 50 volunteers from around the Metroplex in the spirit of community revitalization and eradicating blight and crime from Dallas Neighborhoods.

Coats Homes, Hawkins-Wellwood Homes and Ramer Concrete provided volunteers and resources to help with the initiative. The court ordered the abandoned property on Canada Drive to be demolished. This comes after two years of litigation and was a great victory for the community.

Saturday was especially significant for Elma Canelas, a mother of four young children, and her volunteer attorney Lauren Leahy of Vinson & Elkins. Mrs. Canelas lives next to the rat-infested home, which has been abandoned for more than 15 years. Learn more about Mrs. Canelas’s story.

ACT is an inner-city justice ministry whose vision is for Dallas citizens to experience the transforming presence of Jesus Christ through collaborative efforts to establish stable, safe environments, free from injustice and oppression.

ACT is headed up by an attorney, Reid Porter, who left his corporate career to fight urban blight and be a voice for the local community. His organization has dozens of volunteer attorneys who seek justice on behalf of Dallas citizens who are oppressed by crime by identifying, documenting evidence and pursuing legal action against owners of crime-ridden, or abandoned, derelict properties.