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Housing Authority Hopes To Use Grant To Help Low-Income Families Rehab Homes

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has awarded 16 community home investment grants totaling more than $6.2 million across the state to build new single-family homes and help homeowners rehabilitate their homes.

The grant amounts range from $160,140 to $612,000 and were made through the 2016 Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP). $306,000 is marked for the Carrollton Housing Authority for rehabilitation work.

That money is expected to go toward repairing residential homes of low-income families in Carrollton.

“The CHIP program is an important tool that we have at DCA to work with local governments in their efforts to provide safe and affordable housing for their citizens,” said DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles. “These awards allow local governments to help folks like seniors on fixed incomes who cannot afford needed home repairs to have those repairs made and stay in their homes. Likewise, these funds can leverage local partnerships to make home ownership a reality for low- to moderate-income families who thought that it may always be out of reach for them.”

 “It will be for a program that’s focused— in terms of qualifications— low and very low-income families,” Carrollton Housing Authority Executive Director Charles Griffin told WLBB Radio Wednesday. “Our hope is that some of the dilapidated residential structures that are still occupied— particularly in west Carrollton— we can do something about.”

Griffin says the CHA Board and staff are in the process of determining how the program will be managed and how local families will qualify.

The DCA said CHIP uses a portion of DCA’s HOME Investment Partnership Program funds. The HOME program, created by the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, provides funds to state and community governments to support affordable housing initiatives. The Georgia Housing and Finance Authority is the designated participating jurisdiction and recipient of Georgia’s allocation of funds from the federal HOME program. GHFA contracts with DCA to administer the programs funded by this HOME allocation.

Eligible communities for the CHIP grants are those outside of a Housing and Urban Development-designated participating jurisdiction as defined by the HOME Program.
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Location : Georgia