ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has awarded more than $10.2 million in grants to 34 community entities around the state to help qualifying homeowners make down payments and rehabilitate their homes. Grant amounts range from $200,000 to $300,000 and recipients include Jackson County and Gainesville.
The awards were made through the 2014 Community HOME Investment Program.
"Investing in safe, affordable housing not only benefits our citizens, but it is also absolutely critical to building the workforce housing component of community infrastructure," said DCA Commissioner Gretchen Corbin. "These awards will not only benefit the communities, they'll help our citizens have better quality housing and add economic value to the state."
CHIP provides funds to help local governments, nonprofit organizations and public housing authorities provide affordable housing in their communities. Funds may be used to provide eligible, low- and moderate income households with down payment assistance, or to assist with homeowner rehabilitation. The goal of the program is to expand the supply of, and access to, safe and affordable housing in Georgia's communities.
Each of the following entities received $300,000 unless otherwise noted:
Dalton Housing Authority ($299,000)
Newnan Housing Authority
Home Development Resources, Inc.
"These funds are an important component in many local governments' housing and redevelopment strategies. We've structured this program to meet the needs of Georgia's communities to help them raise the quality of life for their citizens," said Carmen Chubb, Deputy Commissioner for Housing at GDCA.
For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.