Board backs ACTION, Inc. local housing initiatives

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

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The Morgan County Board of Commissioners is publicly offering their support for a non-profit organization called ACTION, which is seeking funds to repair substandard homes in Morgan County.

“On behalf of the Morgan County Board of Commissioners, I am writing to express my support of the efforts of ACTION, Inc. to obtain Fiscal Year 2017 funding through the Rural Housing Service, Housing Preservation Program, to rehabilitate and repair the homes of eligible very-low and low-income families,” wrote Chairman Donald Harris to Lisa Gautreaux, president and CEO of ACTION. “There are a significant number of substandard housing units in Morgan County that would benefit from the proposed rehabilitation and repair work. ACTION’s program does not duplicate any existing program. If your application for funding is approved, Morgan County will provide a final inspection of the work performed on the two proposed Morgan County housing unit(s) without charge.” According to County Manager Adam Mestres, this is an opportunity for the county to lookout for its most struggling citizens. “This is a little bit of what we can give to the community to those who are less fortunate,” said Mestres.

ACTION, Inc. is currently in the process of applying for a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development Services, Housing Preservation Program, to rehabilitate qualifying homes throughout Greene, Madison, Oglethorpe and Morgan counties. According to ACTION, “Elderly and disabled persons and families with young children will be targeted for services. We are proposing to serve a total of eight families, two from each of the four targeted counties.”

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