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Vets can get housing aid

COVINGTON -- Veterans of the U.S. military may be eligible for financial assistance with home rehabilitation under a federal program administered locally through the Family Community Housing Association.

Veterans can receive up to $12,500 in rehabilitation of existing, owner-occupied units, including installation of ramps, sidewalks, replacement of floor coverings, widening of doors, improvements to kitchen cabinets and sinks, installation of grab bars, handicapped accessible bathrooms, low-flow plumbing fixtures, insulation, roof work, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

Returning veterans, newly arriving home from serving overseas, can get more financial assistance, at up to $15,000.

The property must be owner-occupied and the owner must have at least 30 days of ownership by life estate or full interest in the fee title. New construction properties within 30 days of closing may also be eligible.

Eligible candidates must have incomes less than or equal to 80 percent of the HUD median income adjusted for family size. Eligible properties include one to four family properties, town homes, condos and mobile homes.

The program is sponsored by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta.

"We will go through their finances, identify their eligibility and work with them from beginning to end," said Project Specialist Arthur Weddington, with the Family Community Housing Association.

For more information, call the Family Community Housing Association Inc. at 770-787-4436.

"The Family Community Housing Association is very reputable," Weddington said, noting that the association is certified by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. He added that the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta "has a long history of providing resources for communities when it comes to housing."

The Family Community Housing Association has primarily provided housing assistance to seniors up to this point.

"Because we're focusing on veterans now, and returning veterans, we are expanding our territory. We are encouraging people all over Georgia to give us a call," Weddington said.