July 18, 2022 – Tennessee Housing Development Agency has awarded a HOME Program grant to Claiborne County that will be used make much-needed repairs to substandard homes for elderly and disabled residents.
The $750,000 grant will allow Claiborne County to renovate or rebuild up to nine single-family homes located in the county. The project will benefit low- and very low-income individuals who do not have the financial resources to make needed repairs to their residences.
“Providing safe, decent housing is important for all Tennesseans, and with the help of these HOME funds, the Claiborne County government will be able to ensure more residents have access to just that,” THDA Executive Director Ralph M. Perrey said.
Claiborne County Mayor Joe Brooks said the funding will go to Claiborne County residents that need it most.
“This grant is beneficial for the citizens of Claiborne County because it provides the funding they need to make improvements to their homes and make them more livable,” Brooks said. “We’re grateful for this grant and are looking forward to helping people that really need it.”
The grant is being administered for the county by the Tennessee Community Assistance Corporation.
TCAC and the county government will hold public meetings in October to outline application procedures and grant guidelines. Once applications are received, a priority list will be formed based on the level of rehabilitation work required, as well as each applicant’s socioeconomic factors.
Homes that cannot be brought up to code will not be considered for the project.
Each home selected under the program will receive repairs that will bring it up to code. If the hard cost of repairs exceeds more than 75 percent of the home’s appraised value, the funds will be used for reconstruction.
Patton said interested residents can learn more about the program by contacting Shannon at TCAC at 423-586-7636 ext. 304 or visiting www.tcac1.org.
The HOME program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is administered in part in Tennessee by THDA.
HOME grants must be used for the production, preservation, or rehabilitation of affordable housing for low and very low income families and individuals.