DCA awards $612,000 to Griffin Housing Authority

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The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has awarded more than $6.2 million in grants to 16 community entities across the state to build new single family homes and help homeowners rehabilitate their homes.

Grant amounts range from $160,140 to $612,000. The awards were made through the 2016 Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP).

The Griffin Housing Authority was awarded a grant of $612,000 for rehabilitation.

“We are pleased to announce these funding awards. The CHIP program is an important tool that we have at DCA to work with local governments in their efforts to provide safe and affordable housing for their citizens,” said DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles.

Knowles said these awards allow local governments to help folks like seniors on fixed incomes who cannot afford needed home repairs to have those repairs made and stay in their homes.

“Likewise, these funds can leverage local partnerships to make homeownership a reality for low- to moderate-income families who thought that may always be out of reach for them,” Knowles said.

CHIP provides funds to help local governments, nonprofit organizations, and public housing authorities provide affordable housing in their communities. Funds may be used to provide eligible, low- and moderate-income households to assist with homeowner rehabilitation and to build new single family homes for resale to low- and moderate-income homebuyers. The goal of the program is to expand the supply of, and access to, safe and affordable housing in Georgia’s communities.

The Georgia Housing and Finance Authority (GHFA) is the designated Participating Jurisdiction and recipient of Georgia’s allocation of funds from the federal HOME program. GHFA contracts with DCA to administer the programs funded by this HOME allocation. Eligible communities for the CHIP grants are those outside of a HUD-designated Participating Jurisdiction as defined by the HOME Program.