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June 27, 2014

Grant could help homeowners with repairs

Low-income homeowners in Dalton may get some help with needed home repairs.

The City Council voted 3-0 this week to approve an agreement with the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority that will make the city eligible for $304,980 in Community Home Investment Program (CHIP) funds. These funds can be used by low-income homeowners whose homes no longer meet building code standards to get them back into code compliance.

“The typical person who qualifies is, say, an elderly person whose home really needs the roof to be replaced. This money can be used to replace that roof,” said City Administrator Ty Ross.

Ross said the city does not have to provide any matching funds.

“We really are just facilitating the grant,” he said.

The exact amount of money the city will receive will depend on how many qualified homeowners apply for the money and how much it will cost to repair their homes.

Council members also voted 3-0 to rezone .22 acres at the northeast corner of Felice Street and Arbella Street to restricted commercial from high-density residential. Developers plan to use the property to expand parking for a nearby office building.

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