THDA awards $8.25 million in housing repair grants in 16 counties

Press Release

June 25, 2017 – The Tennessee Housing Development Agency has announced $8.25 million in federal grants to help low-income homeowners in 16 counties bring their homes up to code.

Thursday morning at the Cedar Hill City Hall in Robertson County, THDA announced which local government agencies and nonprofits will receive HOME grants of up to $500,000 each. These groups must use the funding help local homeowners address health and safety issues with their homes, such as leaky roofs, faulty wiring, and deteriorated walls and flooring.

“For a family living below the poverty line or a retired person on a fixed income, sometimes money isn’t available to repair small problems as they come up. These small problems have a way of growing and adding up, and after a while, the people in these homes feel trapped and hopeless as their homes deteriorate around them. The programs funded by these grants offer a lifeline to these families,” said Ralph M. Perrey, executive director of THDA.

The new round of HOME grants will go to:

Bedford County Government

$500,000

Cedar Hill City Government

$500,000

Clinch-Powell Resource Conservation & Development Council

$500,000

Dyersburg City Government

$500,000

Elizabethton City Government

$500,000

Gatlinburg City Government

$500,000

Greenville City Government

$500,000

Halls City Government

$250,000*

Harriman City Government

$500,000

Haywood County Government

$500,000

Hendersonsville City Government

$500,000

Lauderdale County Government

$500,000

LaVergne City Government

$500,000

McEwan City Government

$500,000

Mountain City Government

$500,000

Newport City Government

$500,000

Obion City Government

$500,000

Grant funding must be used for families of low income, senior citizens, and individuals with disabilities who cannot afford to bring their homes up to code.

Organizations awarded HOME grants will schedule public meetings in the coming months to hear from potential applicants before finalizing the rules and requirements for their local programs. They will then announce a timeline for accepting and scoring applications.

As the state’s housing agency, THDA is responsible for administering federal grants from the HOME program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

*Halls is located in Lauderdale County. By federal rule, no more than $750,000 total may be awarded within one county.