Valdosta, GA - The City of Valdosta was recently notified of the receipt of a $306,000 grant for homeowner rehabilitation from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA)—part of over $5.1 million in grants to local communities and nonprofit organizations under the state’s SFY 2011 Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP).
The city’s CHIP program will use the funds to provide 24 income-eligible, owner-occupied households within the Designated Revitalization Area (DRA) with rehabilitation/reconstruction assistance.
“The city is pleased to once again receive the support from DCA through these CHIP funds to continue its focus on the rehabilitation and reconstruction of existing owner-occupied homes with the city’s DRA,” said Mayor John J. Fretti. “The city has an outstanding track record of securing and administering these funding resources in support of our state and national award winning housing initiatives.”
Since the city began receiving CHIP funding in 1998, the program has assisted 158 families with funding to purchase their first homes or complete much-needed home repairs to make their homes decent, safe and sanitary. Inclusive of the recent awarded grant, the city has received nearly $2.8 million to date in CHIP funding for these housing improvements.
In 2001, the city was designated by Habitat for Humanity International as a 21st Century Challenge Community and has set the year 2020 as the goal for eliminating all substandard housing within the city limits. CHIP funding, along with our Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement funding, will continue to be instrumental in helping the city achieve this goal.