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State Grant Implements Community Home Investment Program
DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA – Earlier this year, Dougherty County was awarded the Community Home Investment Program (CHIP) grant by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the $300,000 grant will focus on rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes and the option of building and renovating affordable single-family homes for sale to eligible homebuyers.
The CHIP grant is part of a home buyer development program to help counties provide funds to applicants for new construction, rehabilitation, and/or reconstruction of single-family units for homeownership. Under the program, construction loans to applicants will be provided at zero percent interest upon the sale to a home buyer who is eligible under the HOME Program.
Dougherty County has received the CHIP Grant for several years. Under the new 2020 plan, however, if an application proposes the development, including new construction and rehabilitation, of housing units that will be sold to low and moderate income home buyers, a formal agreement will be required between the subrecipient and a HUD-approved housing counseling agency to provide pre-purchase and home buyer education services to all new home buyers.
“The CHIP Program will once again provide an option for Dougherty County residents to become homeowners,” said Michael McCoy, Dougherty County Administrator. “We are pleased to be able to administer this grant to our citizens, who may not otherwise qualify to purchase a home.”
Dougherty County anticipates being able to accept applications soon. Appropriate documentation and DCA approval must be met in order to comply with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as other criteria outlines by DCA, before applications are accepted.
For more information on the CHIP Grant, visit https://www.dca.ga.gov/safe-affordablehousing/rental-housing-development/home-investment-partnership-program-home-1
On October 15, 2020, Commissioner Christopher Nunn (second from left) of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), presented Michael McCoy (center), County Administrator, with a check for $300,000 for the CHIP Grant for Dougherty County. Also pictured (left to right) Representative Bill Yearta, and Congressman Sanford Bishop, and Gina Webb (far right), DCA Representative.