The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers (HACFM) has recognized State Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka with the organization’s inaugural Community Impact Award.

HACFM’s Community Impact Award recognizes someone who goes above and beyond to enrich lives within the greater Dunbar region, advocating for and effecting change in order to create a better community for all.

Persons-Mulicka was recognized for her efforts to champion the passage of House Bill 4565, “Fort Myers Inclusive Playground for Children of All Abilities,” which resulted in the award of $1 million in state funding to ensure an inclusive playground is built in the heart of Dunbar.

The accessible playground structure will be unique to Dunbar and include branded signage and wayfinding, providing children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to enjoy the health and developmental benefits of outdoor play.

“I feel incredibly honored and humbled to receive this inaugural award, yet the real joy will be to see the smiling faces of all the children in the greater Dunbar community playing on this playground once it’s built,” said Persons-Mulicka. “We all must do our part to leave our amazing community better than we found it for future generations, and I’m proud to be part of an effort that children and families will enjoy for years to come.”

The future playground will be located at the City of Fort Myers’ Roberto Clemente Park, a site that will undergo further renovations as part of HACFM’s Greater Dunbar Initiative, a comprehensive transformation plan for the large-scale revitalization of the 199-unit Southward Village public housing community in Fort Myers. The initiative is funded in part through a Choice Neighborhood Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and aims to transform the community into an equitable, desirable and proud neighborhood that meets the needs of all residents.

“We are proud to be part of Jenna’s ongoing commitment to Lee County and are honored to present her with the Community Impact Award in recognition of her impact. Her efforts will make life better for residents of the greater Dunbar area by providing an accessible amenity that can be enjoyed by all for years to come,” said Marcia Davis, executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers. “Furthermore, Jenna’s support will also help make existing HUD grant dollars go farther within our community, as we work to meet the growing needs of our residents and budget for the impacts of inflation and supply chain demands.”

A native of Southwest Florida, Persons-Mulicka’s commitment to community runs deep in Fort Myers. A local attorney and representative for District 78, she also serves on the Florida Commission on the Status of Women and is a member of the Lee County Republican Executive Committee and the National Republican Lawyers Association.

About the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers

The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers serves as a catalyst for increasing access to safe, stable and sustainable housing and to help develop, preserve and revitalize communities through affordable rental housing. For more information, visit www.HACFM.org or call 239-344-3220.