FRANKLIN, Tenn., Nov 26, 2012 -- Homeowners in Williamson County will soon be eligible to apply for federal grant assistance to make needed home repairs thanks to a partnership between USDA Rural Development (RD) and Community Housing Partnership of Williamson County (CHPWC).
RD Nashville Area Director Christopher Westbrook recently joined CHPWC Executive Director Stephen Murray and regional leaders at the CHPWC offices in Franklin to announce federal funding for the partnerships.
"Homeownership is an important part of the economy, so helping people keep an older home safe and livable is good investment in the whole community," said Westbrook." We appreciate working with our partners to help make our investments go a lot further for the people in rural Tennessee."
Williamson County was awarded a grant of $38,131 from RD that will be combined with matching funds of $38,131 from the Williamson County local government to fund repairs for 14 households in rural Williamson County.
Repairs and improvements funded through this program ranges from things like roofing, siding or window replacement to heating and air, and accessibility improvements. For more information on how to apply for home repair assistance in any of these counties contact CHPWC at 615-790-5556.
Others participating in the event included Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, RD Housing Programs Director Don Harris, State Multifamily Housing Staff Abby Boggs and Fallan Faulkner and RD Area Staff Beverly A. McCadden and Regina Garth.
Homeowners needing to alleviate unsafe conditions, make repairs, or add required space may also be eligible for a very low-interest RD home-repair loan. The interest rate on these loans is fixed at one-percent and payments may be spread over as much as 20 years to keep the monthly payments affordable for those on a fixed income.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the economic health of rural communities. During the last four years the agency has assisted at least 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 158 communities, investing more than $3.3 Billion into local economies through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
For more information on Rural Development programs contact the Rural Development Area Office in Nashville at 615-783-1359, toll free at 1-800-342-3149 ext. 1359 or visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.