Clarksville to see 6 new HUD grant homes, fire truck | News

CLARKSVILLE — Six new homes through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants will complete a whole dozen in Clarksville.

At a Tuesday Clarksville City Council meeting, grant writer Kathy Boyles presented bids from local construction companies to build the homes, and Ron Doe Home Builders of Paris was selected as the lowest bidder at $94,400. Boyles also recently worked with the City of Deport to bring new homes to Lamar County.

In other business, Police Chief Mark Gable and Fire Chief Rocky Tolison gave the council updates from the past month, both reflecting on a massive fire that broke out in a historic building in the 100 block of East Broadway in late October.

The council praised Tolison and his department, as well as Gable, for their prompt response to the blaze, and Tolison thanked the 18 fire departments and volunteer fire departments that responded to help out

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HUD urges localities to prevent evictions by using grant funds

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Rental assistance to prevent evictions is an allowable use of $7 billion in HUD CARES Act funds

Consistent with President Donald Trump’s executive order “Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners,” the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has reiterated the Trump administration’s commitment to minimize displacement and evictions resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic national emergency. HUD is reminding all grantees – states, cities, communities and nonprofits – who received Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) or Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that they may use these funds to provide rental assistance or other aid to individuals experiencing financial hardship because of the pandemic and are at risk of being evicted, consistent with applicable laws, regulations and guidance.

“From day one of this pandemic, the administration has done everything in our power to ensure that the American

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Industry Calls for Extension To 31 March ‘Green Homes Grant’ Deadline

The government’s Green Homes Grant scheme is at risk of falling foul to ‘fraud and opportunists’ due to its short deadline for completion of the work, according to the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI).

The £2billion government-funded scheme, which launched in September, allows most homeowners and landlords in England to apply for a voucher to cover two-thirds of the cost of specified energy-efficient improvements to their property.

To qualify for the vouchers – which are worth up to £5,000, or £10,000 for households in receipt of certain benefits – the work must be completed by 31 March 2021, and only by trader that’s accredited by Trustmark, a government-endorsed quality scheme.

Short deadline, foul play

But the short, fixed deadline to qualify for the scheme could lead to uncertified traders taking advantage and carrying out rushed and shoddy work, warned the CTSI.

Lead officer for energy and climate change Steve

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Fort council adopts plan for HUD block grant | News

The Fort Atkinson City Council on Thursday adopted a Citizen Participation Plan for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program.

Meeting remotely via Zoom, City Manager Matt Trebatoski explained that when the City of Fort Atkinson decided to terminate its Revolving Loan Fund program and participate in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)-Close grant program, the Wisconsin Department of Administration (WDOA) allocated approximately $1.5 million of grant money for which the city can apply.

In order to access this grant money, he said, Fort Atkinson must meet certain federal guidelines and follow specific WDOA application requirements.

After exploring numerous potential grant projects to reduce or eliminate blight and benefit low- to moderate-income census tracts, he said, two were identified as having the greatest potential benefit to the city.

These projects were: 1) Purchase and remediation of a former metal scrap yard, located at 115

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$600K grant launching art therapy programs for Tennessee nursing homes

A $600,000 grant is bringing art therapy programs to up to 100 Tennessee nursing homes to help residents explore creativity in the hopes of improving autonomy and cognitive function. 



a group of people sitting at a table: A group of women draw in an art therapy session led by Angel Duncan in Naples, Florida.


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A group of women draw in an art therapy session led by Angel Duncan in Naples, Florida.

A three-year research study will examine how the moods and behaviors of residents change with the therapy and if they rely less on psychotropic drugs. The facilities will use assessments, questionnaires and personal observations for the research. 

The program is made possible by Tennessee Tech University Whitson-Hester School of Nursing, which will be partnering with ArtTherapy4Life for instruction, a Tennessee-based nonprofit that was founded this year. The art therapy grant is the first of its kind in the state. 

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The nonprofit, founded by Deborah Ferris, calls

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Heritage Committee approves heritage permit, facade improvement grant for 6 Water Street South

By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Heritage Advisory Committee approved a heritage permit and facade improvement grant for 6 Water Street South during their October 19th meeting.

Grant Brouwer spoke briefly on the heritage permit application and suggested the application was out of an abundance of caution and transparency for committee members as opposed to a more pressing issue. The committee approved the application to use the existing doors and the proposed trims, and support the replacement of the two doors if they are not useable as long as they mimic what the two existing doors look like.

Amy Cubberley then spoke briefly on the related application for a heritage and facade improvement grant for the same property. The grant money, according to the proposal, is earmarked for continued work on two of the building’s doors. The initial quoted price for the work currently is $4,740, however, Cubberley

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HUD grant will assist homeowners in Dougherty County | News

ALBANY — A $300,000 grant allocated for Dougherty County will allow homeowners to rehabilitate existing houses and also provide funding that can be used for construction and rebuilding damaged or destroyed structures.

The Community Home Investment Program (CHIP) grant was awarded earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the grant funds are part of a home-buyer development program to help counties assist applicants with construction, rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of single-family, owner-occupied housing.

“The CHIP program will once again provide an option for Dougherty County residents to become homeowners,” Dougherty County Administrator Michael McCoy said. “We are pleased to be able to administer this grant to our citizens, who may not otherwise qualify to purchase a home.”

Under the program, construction loans to applicants will be provided at zero percent interest upon the sale to a home buyer

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$4.4M HUD grant will support lead removal efforts in hundreds of housing units | Local News

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Watch now: Bloomington gets $2.3 million grant to remove lead in homes | Politics

Renner told a story about the time he heard from a constituent whose child tested dangerously high during a blood test for lead and hazardous materials. 

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“This is a big deal,” Renner said to The Pantagraph after the press conference Wednesday. “This will help our families here in Bloomington.”

City Planner Katie Simpson said they already have a plan for how the funds could be distributed, which includes training for contractors, testing the units, remediation, advertising and education. 

There is also money in the grant allotted for relocation. Families can be relocated while the city conducts the lead abatements.

Jennifer Toney, the city’s grant coordinator, said families can apply to have their homes tested. Homeowners can also self-refer into the program. Toney said the program is income-based, meaning they would have to be at 80% or below of the area

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Mayor announces $3.4 million home health and safety grant

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced that the City has received a $3.4 million home health and safety grant on Tuesday. She was joined by Jason Mohr, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and City officials.



a group of people standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced that the City has received a $3.4 million home health and safety grant on Tuesday.


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Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced that the City has received a $3.4 million home health and safety grant on Tuesday.

The grant aims to protect children and families from lead-based paint hazards. HUD is providing these grants through its Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Grant Program to identify and clean up dangerous lead in low-income families’ homes and HUD’s Healthy Homes Supplemental funding to help communities with housing-related health and safety hazards in addition to lead-based paint hazards.

City staff will be working with other medical and social service providers to address lead hazards in nearly 70 housing

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