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Walthourville picks housing grant head
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Three people placed their bids, but only one could be chosen as the new consultant for the city of Walthourville’s Community HOME Investment Program grant.
During a recent called meeting of the Walthourville City Council, council members unanimously selected Patricia Waye of 4-WAYe Professional Services to act as grant consultant for the $300,000 worth of funding to be used to restore the homes of the city's poorest residents.
Walthourville received the grant, of which Waye was the grant writer, in September as part of the $42 million in federal funds given to the state of Georgia by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The goal of city officials is to use the funds to rehabilitate the homes of about 12 low- to moderate-income homeowners.
Residents selected to receive help will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis, however, priority will be given to homeowners with severe electrical or structural hazards and senior citizens.
The average estimated cost of rehabbing each unit is $33,581, which residents will receive in “forgivable loans” from the city.
The cost of keeping Waye on board as a consultant is $36,000, but those funds are provided for as a portion of the grant.
The mayor and council will have a public hearing on Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. to introduce Waye to residents, have her discuss further details about the grant and begin establishing a list of residents seeking assistance from the CHIP program. For information, call the Walthourville City Hall at 368-7501.
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