April 8, 2021
DeKalb County has secured a $500,000 HOME program grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) to help local families with home repairs.
County Mayor Tim Stribling says the $500,000 grant will be split among those residents who are currently living in substandard conditions. The Upper Cumberland Development District (UCDD) will be monitoring the grant which will have an application process. Once applications are received, a priority list will be formed based on the level of rehabilitation work required and socioeconomic factors of each applicant. This will help determine how many homes can be repaired. “We are very pleased to have received this grant and appreciate THDA’s investment in DeKalb County,” said County Mayor Stribling.
HOME program funding is intended to help families of low income, senior citizens, and individuals with disabilities who cannot afford to bring their homes up to code. Officials anticipate helping homeowners with issues such as leaking plumbing, unsafe flooring, faulty wiring, damaged roofs, and more.
Informational meetings will be held at the following locations to learn more about the application procedures and grant guidelines
April 12: Alexandria- Fairgrounds in the Kenneth Sandlin Building
April 19: Smithville- Community Complex in the Auditorium
April 26: Austin Bottom- Austin Bottom Fire Hall
May 3: Keltonburg- Community Center
All meetings will be held at 6:00 p.m. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing during these events.
The HOME program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered 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.