Housing group gets grant to rehab homes

COVINGTON -- The Family Community Housing Association Inc. based in Newton has received a grant commitment of more than $300,000 from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to rehabilitate owner-occupied single family housing in the city of Covington.

The grant of $302,557 is through DCA's Community Home Investment Program and will be used to improve housing in the city's designated redevelopment area, targeting the areas of Harristown, Sand Hill Texas Alley, Green Acres and Nelson Heights.

"We are excited to be able to offer this much-needed program in our community ... When FCHA submitted its application to DCA for funding, one of our criteria was that we were going to target senior owner-occupied households that had one person that was at least 62 years of age or older and have a total household income of 50 percent below HUD Area Median Income that lived in those census tracts," said FCHA Executive Director Julius Webb.

FCHA is sending information to eligible homeowners in the qualified areas and is not accepting applications from others at this time, Webb said.

"If we do not receive enough qualifying applicants from this process, FCHA will make an announcement seeking other potential applicants to participate in the program," Webb said.

Rehabilitation could include a variety of repairs including dry wall, roofing, air conditioning, windows and lead abatement testing Webb said.

The Family Community Housing Association focuses primarily on educating homebuyers, foreclosure prevention and offering down payment assistance. The organization works with lenders and borrowers to restructure payment plans or find other solutions to help homeowners avoid foreclosure and has several workshops for the general public throughout the year.