The city of McMinnville and Warren County government have been approved to receive $750,000 from a Tennessee Housing Development Agency grant to help low-income homeowners make needed repairs.
Mayor Jimmy Haley made the announcement Tuesday and says he has been receiving calls from homeowners about the grant since February when the city applied for it.
“I have received a lot of phone calls about this and I’m please to announce the city’s application has been approved,” said Haley. “We will receive $375,000. The county will receive $375,000, as well.”
The grant is through the Upper Cumberland Development District and an approved homeowner in Warren County could receive up to $40,000 in free repairs to their home.
Before you pick up the phone to call and apply, UCDD’s director of economic and community development Michelle Price says it could be several months before the process gets to the application stage. When that happens, representatives from the development district will come here for a public meeting.
The public meeting will be for interested homeowners who want to apply for grant money.
“We will have the applications with us during the public meeting for anyone who wants to apply,” said Price. “We will answer any questions people have and provide them with an application. Realistically, I don’t expect to have the public meeting until early August. We will advertise the day, time and place of that public meeting.”
The applications will be scored based on need and income, among several other criteria, and a priority list generated from those who qualify.
The Tennessee Housing Development Agency grant is for homes only, no trailers, and is for renovation only, not new construction.