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Rehab grants to help in Harriman

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By Cindy Simpson

Some home improvement projects will be getting started this summer thanks to the $250,000 in home grants the city of Harriman got last year.
Officials with Brown Pearman Russell LLC, the independent agency handling the process, said the city would do as many homes as it could with the funds from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency 2011 home program grant award.
“We generate a priority list from the homeowner applications and start from the top and work down. Points are awarded based on a number of factors including the number of people in the household, income, number of elderly, number of minors, number of disabled and female head of household,” said Chris Oelgoetz, with BPR.
Offiials said work should begin at some time in the spring at the latest.
“Right now we plan to replace and rehab homes. Those homes include elderly, minors and a single mother. If any funding remains after these homes are addressed we will look to add an additional home to rehabilitate,” Oelgoetz said.
An inspector will visit the homes and determine if each home needs to be replaced or rehabilitated.
“Based upon his findings we’ll better determine how many (homes) we can address right of the bat,” Oelgoetz said.