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Henderson City Council seeks grant for home repairs

By Angela Ward
March 28, 2012 at 11 p.m.

The Henderson City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night that will hopefully lead to grant money to replace, rebuild or repair substandard housing within the city, Mayor Buzz Fullen said.

The resolution authorizes Mark Taylor with Gary R. Traylor & Associates to submit a HOME Grant application, which would provide state money for rehabilitation of dilapidated homes in Henderson, Fullen said.

"It's really a good program, which would do a lot to provide better housing here and would require very little in the way of city funds," he said.

If the grant is approved, people in substandard housing throughout Henderson could apply to have their homes renovated or replaced, Fullen said.

There is no particular area or neighborhood of the city which would be targeted.

"We're thinking we could provide new or improved housing for seven or eight families with this grant," Fullen said. "It's been used very successfully in Carthage."

The program can provide up to $80,000 for the replacement of a home with a site built home; up to $65,000 for the replacement of a home with a manufactured housing unit; and up to $30,000 for the rehabilitation of a home. The grant covers a 24-month period and all projects must be completed within that time.

In order to participate in the program, people must own a home to which they have a clear title and be current on their property taxes. The home must be their primary place of residence and they have to meet income guidelines, which are based on family size.

In other business, the council authorized the relocation of overhead electric lines on a portion of East Main Street. The lines will be reinstalled underground, Fullen said.

"This is part of our Main Street Henderson project," he said. "We believe the downtown area will be more visually attractive without electric lines hanging over it."



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