By Perrin Anderson
Sevier County was awarded a HOME grant in the amount of $500,000 for a Housing Rehabilitation Program to provide technical and financial assistance to low-income residents. The funds received under the HOME grant will be used to address single-family, owner-occupied, substandard housing within unincorporated Sevier County.
Residents within the city limits of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Pittman Center, and Pigeon Forge are not eligible for this program. Applicants must be low-income (earning 80% or less of the area medium income). Rehabilitation work will correct deficiencies in the eligible homes and make them safe, sound, and sanitary. Under new THDA guidelines, homes must be brought entirely up to code for no more than $40,000. Unfortunately, mobile homes are not eligible for rehabilitation assistance in this program.
The County will hold a public meeting in the Commission Room of the Sevier County Courthouse (125 Court Avenue, room 306W) on Wednesday, January 20 at 3:00 P.M. to provide information to interested residents regarding the HOME Program eligibility requirements.
Applications will be available for pick up at the County Mayor’s office, 125 Court Avenue, Suite 201E, Sevierville, TN 37862 and should be brought to the public meeting completed with all required documentation. Assistance with completing the application will be provided at the public meeting to those who may have questions regarding application responses, the process, and their participation in the program.