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HOME grant process goes forth in WP

January 28, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

It’s about more than just providing shelter, it’s providing a home.
At least, that’s how West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson feels about the city’s latest endeavor to apply for a Mississippi Development Authority HOME grant. The grant, which would be the city’s first if awarded, seeks to take substandard housing with serious deficiencies in electrical wiring, heating, roofing, plumbing and foundation and start fresh.
“I was at the county level as the chancery clerk when the county received funding (for the HOME project),” Robinson said. “I saw the benefits first hand for residents out in the county with substandard housing, housing in very poor condition, and it gave them a new home. That’s what we’re trying to do here.”
According to the MDA website, the Homeowner Rehabilitation / Reconstruction Program seeks to provide assistance to low-income families as established by HUD standards. Funding for the program is used by municipalities and counties to assist identified eligible homeowners in correcting those deficiencies.
Unlike previous MDA housing grants awarded to the city, Robinson said this particular grant does not provide assistance to repair substandard housing; funds are used to demolish the existing structure and build a new residence at no cost to the homeowner.

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