Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chapel Hill and Petersburg have each been awarded $500,000 grants to be spent on repairs to and, in some instances, possible replacement of homes for residents in those municipalities.

The mayors of those towns signed documents Monday during their meetings with consultants from Nelson Thornton P.C. The Jackson, Tenn. business filed applications for the money that comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Nelson Thornton submitted applications for Petersburg and Chapel Hill that were rated higher than other applications in the area, as analyzed by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, an arm of the state that operates with a board of directors instead of a commissioner.

Elected leaders of the towns and Marshall County were pleased that $1 million can now be spent to renovate or replace owner occupied homes where the household income is deemed so low as to make improvements nearly impossible without help.

The HOME Program has been a part of Congressional funding for decades. In fact, Petersburg was designated as a recipient town in the early 1990s. Homes in Lewisburg and other parts of Marshall County have been assisted with similar funding.

In previous HOME Programs administered here, the applications were filed by the South Central Tennessee Development District. It is headquartered in Columbia.

Nelson Thornton approached Chapel Hill and Petersburg last winter, explaining that homes in those towns meeting five criteria could be improved and that the towns' boards of mayor and aldermen could authorize Nelson Thornton's representation of the towns to apply for the grants.

More on this story will be published in The Marshall County Tribune's Friday edition.