Last Friday, county officials and a representative from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) met in Coopertown to promote a $500,000 grant awarded to the city for assistance to homeowners seeking to repair their homes.
The grant, applied for by the city of Coopertown and awarded by the THDA, will give residents the opportunity to apply for up to $40,000 for home repairs and improvements such as handicap accessibility. Denise McBride, Community Outreach Liason with the THDA who attended the announcement, said the grant benefits and reflects the city's growth.
"Progressive cities who see that there's a need apply for this kind of grant," she explained.
Cindy Raymond, with Raymond and Associates, will consult with the city to distribute the grant. In the next few weeks she plans to hold a public meeting to let homeowners know about the money available and how to apply.
Those qualified for the grant include low to moderate income residents who own their homes. Applicants must submit financial documents like warrantee deeds, tax records, proof of income, and bank statements. Then an inspector will determine how much to award the homeowner. Raymond says she expects to distribute the grant to at least 16 Coopertown households.
"It could be more if we have houses that need less than $40,000," she said.
Coopertown mayor Sam Childs was also in attendance, and said he was glad to have the grant. "We have quite a few families who need it," he said. He also noted that Coopertown will still have housing repair issues, pointing to a still-present lack of publicity for the grant and a population of single-wide and double-wide trailers in the city that will not qualify to receive funds. Another concern for Mayor Childs was whether some homeowners would even accept money from the city. "I know a few people who might use this but would never take it," he said.