Gresham McNairy Compressed
Funds to Be Used for Repairing Substandard Homes for Families in Need

SELMER, Tenn. (August 25, 2015) – County Mayor Ronnie Brooks and Selmer Mayor John Smith have each secured a $375,000 HOME grant from THDA to repair substandard homes for as many as 24 households of low income in the City of Selmer and in McNairy County. The HOME program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered in part in Tennessee by THDA. With both entities receiving $375,000, the local area will receive the $750,000 maximum amount that THDA is allowed to grant within a single county.

“All homes need maintenance over time, and McNairy County and the City of Selmer are doing an exemplary job of identifying families in need and providing them with home repair services they would not otherwise have access to,” said THDA Executive Director Ralph M. Perrey.

“We are eager to get to work immediately on processing applications so we can put these funds to good use in our community, helping local families improve their health, safety, and quality of life,” said Mayor Brooks.

“When families are unable to afford regular maintenance on their homes, they sometimes find themselves caught up in the snowball effect where small problems accumulate into large problems and the situation starts to feel hopeless,” said Mayor Smith. “We want to help these families bring their homes back up to code for health and safety reasons, as well as to help protect the property values of their neighbors.”

Nelson Community Development Group, LLC, of Jackson, Tenn., has been selected to administer the program under policies and standards established by the county. Eligible homeowners who apply and are selected for the program must contribute $500 of their own money toward the repair of their homes and choose from a list of qualified contractors. For more information, a public meeting will be held on Thursday, September 17, at 3:00 p.m. at the Civic Center in Selmer.

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