EC Commissioners Approve Resolution for Community Block Grant Application

March 29, 2013

A resolution has been approved by the Elbert County Board of Commissioners to move forward with submitting an application for a Community Development Block Grant.

It’s a federal grant that is being applied for through the state run Department of Community Affairs.

The targeted area is the Porter Drive Community, and the application is for a four hundred and fifty thousand dollar grant. County Administrator Bob Thomas talks about what the grant covers.

“That covers any safety hazards that may have happened. It could be roof damage, plumbing, electrical, and just basic wear and tear”, said Thomas. “With a low income person they would not have had the opportunity to make those repairs over the years, and that is what this program is designed to do.”

There are about fifty houses in the neighborhood, but only fifteen meet the qualifications to receive funds from the grant.

Home owners receiving work will have to contribute a percentage of the costs based off of their respect incomes.

Thomas says the commissioners will consider setting up a special loan fund to help lower income individuals.

“Over the next few months we will consider setting up a special revolving loan fund to help those individuals out, but that would have to be paid back to the county”, said Thomas. “That’s just an option for consideration at this point, so no decision has been made on that.”

A decision will be made on whether or not to move forward with that fund at a later date.

This is the first time that Elbert County has applied for this grant, and should receive word around September if successful in landing the grant.