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      State awards investment grant to Southwest Georgia communites

      The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has awarded more than $10.2 million in grants to 34 communities around the state to help homeowners make down payments and rehabilitate their homes.

      The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has awarded more than $10.2 million in grants to 34 communities around the state to help homeowners make down payments and rehabilitate their homes.

      Grant amounts range from $200,000 to $300,000.

      The awards were made through the 2014 Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP).

      DCA Commissioner Gretchen Corbin says, "Investing in safe, affordable housing not only benefits our citizens, but it is also absolutely critical to building the workforce housing componenet of community infrastructure. These awards will not only benefit the communities, they'll help our citizens have better quality housing and add economic value to the state."

      CHIP provides fund that help local governments, nonprofit organizations and public housing authorities provide affordable housing in their communities.

      Funds may be used to provide eligible, low-and moderate income households with down payment assistance, or to assist with homeowner rehabilitation.

      The goal of the program is to expand the supply of, and access to, safe and affordable housing in Georgia's communites.

      Each of the following cities/counties received $300,000 unless otherwise noted: Americus, Fort Valley, Sandersville, Arlington, Gainesville, Sylvester, Camilla, Greensboro ($296,625), Tifton, Cairo/Grady, Harlem, Vienna, Colquitt, Hawkinsville, Wadley, Cordele, Hinesville, Washington (($274, 890), Dalton ($299,000), LaGrange, Waynesboro, West Point, Dooly County, Murray County ($299,000), Taliaferro County, Jackson County, Sumter County, Upson County and Whitfield County.

      Dalton Housing Authority received ($299,000) and the Newnan Housing Authority Home Development Resources, Inc. also received grant money.

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