Van Buren County and the City of Spencer received two Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) grants Thursday.
Spencer Mayor Mickey Robinson said the grants will help local low-income families with home repairs.
“Well as for the city, and I’m not speaking for Greg, but I am going to say for the county too, we are all excited that we can help this community,” Robinson said. “Help it grow, help the community with their homes, and do everything in our power to help everybody that we can.”
The THDA gave the city and county $750,000 through the HOME program.
County Executive Greg Wilson said many citizens have already asked about their eligibility.
“Just this morning we were talking to a couple. They are in their seventies and their heat is just wood heat. That’s it. And so when you look at something like that,” Wilson said. “And you are able to help them remedy that where they don’t have to go outside and bring their wood in for heating, that makes it a very good opportunity for them and for the county to be able to help them.”
THDA Community Outreach Liaison Denise McBride said an application process will take place for eligible homeowners.
“There are criteria in terms of income requirements as well as the distressment of the home,” McBride said. “And so what normally will happen, both mayors will have a town hall meeting and let the community know that the funds are available for them.”
HOME grants provide funding for the production, preservation, or rehabilitation of affordable housing for low-income individuals and families.