Commissioners hold second CHIP hearing

By Dean Wright -

GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis City Commissioners held their second public hearing for a community housing improvement project grant application it applies for every year in order to assist with housing renovation issues throughout the county.

According to Gallia County Administrator Karen Sprague, the commissioners apply for the grant every year and if awarded with money the Gallia-Meigs Community Action Agency oversees the execution and distribution of grant projects in both counties for the rehabilitation of residential structures.

Called the CDBG Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program grant application, the application is in partnership with Meigs County and both are requesting grant funding in the form of $900,000. According to Sprague, Roughly $450,000 should be evenly distributed between the counties. Roughly $270,000 would be distributed for 27 homes with 14 in Gallia and 13 in Meigs. Around $358,900 is anticipated to be earmarked for eight homes with four in Gallia and four in Meigs. Home ownership finances would potentially have $138,000 dedicated for three homes, two in Gallia and one in Meigs. In a partnership with Habitat for Humanity $44,000 would be aimed at assisting with the creation of two homes in Meigs County.

Around $89,000 is to be used for administrative costs. Leveraged funds account for around $164,000 for fair housing projects Habitat for Humanity projects and for administration and program oversight.

Gallia also recently proclaimed April 13 the same week to be National Community Development Week.

As such, Gallia Commissioners noted that $12.9 million in grant funding from CDBG and HOME grant programs had resulted, since 1991, in 387 home repairs and rehabilitation projects, 81 street improvement projects, 30 fire equipment and facility improvements, five sidewalk and storm drainage projects, 10 parks and recreation projects, two handicap barrier removal projects, 11 senior and community center rehabilitation projects, three small scale sewer projects serving 108 residences, eight public service projects, four planning projects, one veterans vehicle project, four large scale sewer projects serving 876 residences and two distressed community projects.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright