Last updated: August 13. 2014 2:31PM - 281 Views
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The town of Cumberland Gap is the latest municipality inside Claiborne County to receive a grant allowing low-income homeowners the means to repair their homes.


The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) HOME grant will allow at least seven qualifying homeowners access to a chunk of the $250,000 in funding.


Gap Mayor Bill McGaffee said there will be a public hearing to address the grant details. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Aug. 25, inside the small courtroom of the Claiborne County Courthouse.


McGaffee outlined some of the highpoints of the program last week, during the regular monthly meeting of the board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA).


He said the grant exempts those living in mobile homes, double-wides and those whose homes are deemed inside a flood zone.


“This program is for repairs and rehabs. You can’t tear down a home and then rebuild it. If your home is in the historical district, it has to be repaired by historical guidelines,” said McGaffee.


If a house has lead, the most you can spend on repairs, through this particular grant, is $25,000. The maximum amount allowed for each qualifying home is $40,000, he said.


The schedule of income limits is based on the number of people living in the household, regardless of their relationship to one another.


For instance, a person living alone can qualify for the grant if their income is less than $25,500. A six-member household with an income total of $42,250 or less can apply for the program.


McGaffee said the grant guidelines also sets property value limits on each qualifying structure. Administrators of the program will use property tax appraisals in determining the pre-rehabilitation value of the home, he said.


Some $15,000 of the grant funds will be used to administrate the program locally, leaving about $235,000 to divide between qualifying residents.


Jan Runions may be reached at 423-626-3222 or Twitter @scribeCP.


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