Scott-Morgan Community Development Corporation Receives $64,055 For Housing Repair Projects

 

Robbins, TN (2006-11-08) USDA Rural Development State Director Mary Ruth Tackett and Scott-Morgan Community Development Corporation Executive Director Anne Patterson recently announced a $64,055 Rural Development grant to improve the quality of life for families in Scott and Morgan Counties by assisting low income homeowners in making needed health and safety repairs to their homes. The announcement was made at the CDC office located in Robbins.

“Rural Development is committed to helping families in rural Tennessee improve their living conditions and making it possible for elderly and disabled residents to maintain their standard of living and self-reliance at home as long as possible,” said Tackett.  “Anne Patterson and her team at the Scott-Morgan CDC are effective partners and through their work they continue to make a positive difference in the lives of people in the area.”

Rural Development funds will be used to rehabilitate and repair sub-standard housing for qualified low income applicants in Scott and Morgan Counties. Two construction crews will complete three rehabilitation projects each quarter during the next 12 months.  The Rural Development funding supplements the CDC contribution of $129,100 for a total investment of $193,155.

 “The Housing Preservation Grant program is a key to our ability to work with families in need of critical home repairs,” said Patterson. “It is the partnership with Rural Development that creates an effective program which allows those of us who witness the effects of substandard housing on a daily basis to make a concrete difference and help alleviate some of the daily struggle that families in our communities face.”

Eligible work includes rehabilitation of unsafe or unsanitary housing conditions, replacement of roofing, heating systems, water and waste disposal, doors, insulation, electrical wiring, deteriorated exterior siding, correcting health and safety deficiencies, improving accessibility for disabled residents and to alleviate overcrowding.

Priority will be extended to applicant families with disabilities, very low income, larger households, and those with immediate health, safety or overcrowded conditions. Applications and additional information are available at the Scott-Morgan CDC office at 135 East Robbins Road in Robbins. For more information or application assistance call the CDC office at 423-627-4167.

This grant is funded through Rural Development’s housing preservation program, which provides assistance to public or private nonprofit organizations and public agencies to assist low-income homeowners with grants or low interest loans to be used to repair homes that do not meet safety, sanitary or handicap-accessibility standards. Housing preservation grants are made to serve unincorporated rural areas with a population less than 10,000 and in some cities with less than 25,000.

USDA Rural Development is committed to the future of rural communities in Tennessee by providing financial and technical assistance through housing, community and business-cooperative programs. In Fiscal Year 2006 Rural Development assisted more than 467,575 Tennessee families and businesses with more than $288 million in financial assistance through loans and grants.  For more information on homeownership or business development programs, contact USDA Tennessee Rural Development toll free at (800) 342-3149 or visit us online at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.