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Grant to aid home rehab

Grant to aid home rehab

STEPHANIE ISAACS

New Shelbyville City Council member Stephanie Isaacs said recently that a new grant available to low-income homeowners needing structural rehabilitation is greatly needed. She believes it is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of, as many homes are in dismay in Shelbyville.

“Our homes are important and when they are in dismay, so are we. I know from my outreach in the community that this is 100% needed.”

The City of Shelbyville recently received some good news that grant funds are available for the purpose of rehabilitating owner-occupied, low-income homes. These available dollars are possible through The HOME Grant and are being provided through a contract with Tennessee Housing Development Agency, which acts through the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development.

Administering the dollars over the next 3 years to qualified Shelbyville homeowners will be South Central Tennessee Development District, which serves this area. SCTDD hosted two public meetings in March for Shelbyville citizens, with information provided about who may qualify for assistance.

Shelbyville City Manager Joshua Ray said, “The HOME Grant is an excellent way for the City of Shelbyville to help home owners improve their houses by bringing their homes up to building standards. In an older community with older homes, there are typically a large number of houses that have not received the TLC throughout the years that they need. This grant can assist those homeowners in providing the much-needed improvements that ensure healthy and safe living environments.” 

Ray said further that home repairs and improvements can be costly and often times can lead to additional work that must be completed to meet the building code. This grant program includes an option that states if a home cannot be brought up-to-code under the maximum dollar amount, or cost of repairs exceed 75% of the after rehab value, then the program can rebuild a new home, Ray said. 

“The Bedford County Listening Project has been focusing on improving living conditions for people throughout Bedford County. This program offers a positive step in the right direction to help with their outreach efforts,” the city manager said.

The HOME award is based on a priority list, with homes with the highest over all scores being rated first. Certain criteria will be needed and is necessary from homeowners/applicants to qualify and achieve point status.

Home owners must have at least one year of Shelbyville residency to qualify. There are also income guidelines which the government takes into consideration before a homeowner can be considered.

Income levels vary from low to very low. Assets such as checking account balances are also considered in the application process.

HOME regulations require that after the work is complete, the entire structure must meet the Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) and the adopted local building code in effect or the international building code.

Units assisted with HOME funds must require at least $1,000 of rehabilitation work to bring the unit into compliance with the applicable codes. Housing units that cannot be brought up to the applicable code using the maximum grant funds are ineligible.

Interested homeowners may pick up an application from City Hall, located at 201 North Spring St., just off the public square. More information on how to qualify is available at the City’s website: www.shelbyvilletn.org.

Announcements from Tuesday night’s Shelbyville City Council meeting included that City Hall will be closed Friday, due to the Easter holiday.

Council will meet in regular session 6 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at Shelbyville Recreation Center.

Published at Thu, 01 Apr 2021 05:00:00 +0000

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Written by Riel Roussopoulos

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