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October 10, 2012

Grant to provide more comfortable homes to those who qualify

RICHMOND — Madison County veterans, elderly and/or handicapped residents will be eligible to apply for assistance to make their homes ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible through funding from the Kentucky Housing Corporation.

The Madison Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to allow Bryan Kirby of CEDA (Community and Economic Development Associates Inc.) to proceed in soliciting residents eligible for these renovations.

Although the funding is administered through the Kentucky Housing Corporation, the money generates from HUD (Housing and Urban Development), the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and unclaimed peri mutuel horse track tickets.

This is a form of betting is “a betting pool in which those who bet on competitors finishing in the first three places share the total amount bet minus a percentage for the management” according to www.merriam-webster.com.

“This is an unusual source of funding, but whatever works,” Kirby joked. “These funds are available for a variety of uses, but what I want to present to the court is the possibility of using these funds for the renovations of homes.”

The funding would allow CEDA to help renovate a maximum of about eight homes, Kirby said.

These homes will be located in Greens Crossing and Estonia States.

“Folks want to stay in their homes longer, but have some mobility issues,” Kirby said. “We want to open this up to the public. Tell us what you need and our staff will go in your home and do an inspection.”

Those eligible for these renovations must fall under a certain income level, however.

There is a certain scoring criteria to make sure CEDA “helps the worst first,” he said.

“The bad news is that there's only $200,000,” Kirby said. “We'll have to be fairly selective.”

Those interested in being considered should call CEDA at 624-3396 or visit the office at 201 Aqueduct Drive.

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