Home Rehab Funds Available For Woodbury Residents
by KEVIN HALPERN
Monday, August 17, 2009 7:00 am
The Town of Woodbury has requested the release of grants funds and an environmental certification from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency for the FY 2009 Woodbury THDA HOME Rehab Program. The purpose of project is the rehabilitation of owner-occupied housing for low and very low income households in Woodbury.
The Town of Woodbury will undertake the project with HOME funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990. Estimated cost of the project is $318,438.
Because the 2009 HOME Project will involve activities at several scattered sites of which the exact location will not be known for some time, an environmental review strategy has been developed including Site Specific Checklists.
To assure that the required environmental review is completed for each site. If environmental factors are identified as having an impact on the project or any of the specific project sites, they will be addressed on a case by case basis.
“We were one of only two towns (in Tennessee) approved for that grant,” Woodbury Mayor Harold Patrick said.
“We do have several low to moderate income families who reside in the city limits, and we are sure that is one of the criteria they (THDA) look favorably upon,” Patrick said.
Woodbury City Recorder Charlene Odom said the grant funds will be used to improve dilapidated housing for low income homeowners who reside in the city limits. Once the funds are released, the city will advertise their availability and conduct a public hearing to advise the public on the criteria needed to be accepted to receive the money.
“There will be a public hearing and then we will start accepting applications,” Odom said. “This will be probably an 8-12 week period. Then a state inspector will review the homes.”
Odom said that to qualify, applicants must own their home and have occupied it for at least one year.
THDA has a scoring criteria for the applications, so it is not a first-come, first-serve type thing, Odom said.
“Then they will have to do write ups on the homes that score the highest to let out for bids. Then it will probably be out 4-5 homes at a time until all the money is expended,” she said.
“It’s a good program but it can be slow. There is a lot of red tape associated with there programs.”
Emphasis will be placed on ensuring sound foundations, roof systems, insulation, windows, plumbing and electrical, heating and cooling systems and handicap accessibility, Odom said.