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Washington County receives $1.5 million in housing grants

Staff Report • Jun 25, 2020 at 1:46 PM

Washington County has been awarded almost $1.5 million in grants from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.

State Sen. Rusty Crowe announced the grants in a press release Thursday. The funds, which were awarded through a competitive application process, will be used for various projects to provide affordable housing.

“Many residents in our community struggle to find safe, decent, affordable housing,” Crowe said in the release. “I appreciate THDA’s partnership with numerous organizations in Washington County to make life better for our residents.”

Grant awards include:

  • Fairview Housing Management Corp: $80,750
  • Family Promise of Greater Johnson City, Inc: $82,365
  • Salvation Army of Johnson City: $80,750
  • Appalachian Regional Coalition on Homelessness (ARCH): $92,700
  • Eastern Eight CDC: $722,966
  • Dawn of Hope: $400,977

Fairview Housing Management Corp, Family Promise of Greater Johnson City, Inc, Salvation Army of Johnson City and Appalachian Regional Coalition on Homelessness were awarded the Emergency Solutions Grant to fund homeless services.

Eastern Eight CDC has recently been awarded grants through the HOME CHDO federal funds to build six units of new housing and work with low-income families through budget and homebuyer counseling to purchase the homes. Eastern Eight will then we able to reinvest the proceeds in additional building projects.

Dawn of Hope has been granted funds to build six units of rental housing for low-income adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

“Homeownership is a key factor to financial independence, wealth building, and stronger, healthier communities,” Crowe said. “I am very pleased these funds are available and look forward to seeing the benefits it will bring to many local families.”