6/19/2017 - Accomack Northampton Regional Housing Receives $280,000 -
ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced $280,000 in funding for the Accomack-Northampton Regional Housing Authority Thursday through the Rural Homeowner Rehabilitation Program Awards.
The funding is part of $2 million to be awarded across the Commonwealth to twelve rural areas.
The funds will provide zero-percent deferred loans for rehabilitation of an estimated seven homes in the area.
This new initiative will work hand-in-hand with the existing Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development Indoor Plumbing Program's efforts in rural Virginia by providing rehabilitation to homeowners in need of repairs beyond septic or sewer systems.
DHCD allocated $2 million from the HOME Investment Partnership funds for the program. Only DHCD-administered Community Development Block Grant and HOME non-entitlement areas of Virginia were eligible to apply.
In order to qualify for this new rehab program applicants must prove that their home is in considerable disrepair, above and beyond septic or sewer system problems.
Mike Mason, Accomack County Administrator sent the following statement:
"Today I was excited to learn of the award of $280,000 in Rural Homeowner Rehabilitation Program funding from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. This funding will allow for the rehabilitation of approximately 7 houses on Virginia's Eastern Shore benefiting both the County of Accomack and County of Northampton.
"The County's partner, the Accomack-Northampton Regional Housing Authority, a non-profit housing authority, actually applied for these funds on behalf of both counties. The Authority has been providing safe, sanitary and affordable housing to the residents to the Eastern Shore since 1991.
"The Authority often receives applications for housing rehabilitation assistance by families whose income places them well below the poverty rate which is currently at 20.4% on the Eastern Shore. Until now funding did not exist to assist these families with critical repairs to roofs, heating systems etc. The Rural Homeowner Rehabilitation Program funding will allow the Authority to assist these families by providing them subsidized loans to complete these much needed repairs."