The following is a letter from Jim Kidwell, ADA Coordinator:
"June 10, 2020
Wilson County is fortunate enough to be able to apply for funds through the “Rebuild and Recover” program with Tennessee Housing Development Agency, to assist local communities to recover from weather related incidents.
Mayor Hutto and County ADA Coordinator, Jim Kidwell met with THDA officials (Cynthia Peraza-Director of Community Programs, Toni Shaw-Housing Programs Manager, Larisa Stout-Housing Programs Manager, Jeremy Heidt-Director of Industry and Government Affairs, and Denise McBride-Industry and Government Affairs Liaison----who put the meeting together) on June 2, 2020, to discuss some of the particulars.
The maximum grant awarded to any community is $500,000.00, and this requires a 50% match. Those funds can be provided by in-kind services from other State agencies, federal sources such as the CDBG program, USDA Rural Development or the Federal Home Loan Bank. In addition, FEMA funds can qualify as an eligible source of match, so in this case, our FEMA funds should more than make up our match.
Rebuild and Recover grants may only be used to benefit low or very low-income households. Low income” means an individual or household whose gross income does not exceed 80% of the area median income, adjusted for family size. “Very low income” means an individual or family unit whose gross annual income does not exceed 50% of the median income, adjusted for family size. Rebuild and Recover grants use the income limits established by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for the HOME Program, and household income as defined by the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program. Current income limits are posted on the THDA website at www.thda.org under the Community Programs tab.(I have included the “Income Limits”)
The maximum per unit subsidy from the Rebuild and Recover grant is $40,000.00. This amount may not be enough to rehabilitate a homeownership unit in compliance with the Property Standards. Grantees should seek additional funding specific to eligible homeowners.
Grants for homeowner rehabilitation projects that do not include reconstruction shall have a compliance period of five years with a forgiveness feature of 20% annually. In order to enforce the compliance period, THDA will require that a Grantee have assisted homeowners execute a grant note and a recorded deed of trust.
Grants for homeowner rehabilitation projects that include reconstruction shall have a compliance period of fifteen years with a forgiveness feature of 6.67% annually. In order to enforce the compliance period, THDA will require that a Grantee have assisted homeowners execute a grant note and a recorded deed of trust.
If the homeowner of a property that has been rehabilitated dies during the compliance period and the property is inherited by heirs, the property may be rented without paying the unforgiven portion of the Rebuild and Recover subsidy to THDA. However, if the house is sold by the heirs during the compliance period, the remaining unforgiven portion must be repaid to THDA. Grants for the demolition of owner-occupied housing will not require a compliance period.
The solicitation of bids for goods and services, materials, supplies and/or equipment using Rebuild and Recover grants, must be open and competitive. Rebuild and Recover Grantees must follow the procurement policies. At a minimum, there must be an established contractor selection procedure and a written rationale for selecting the successful bid and proposal.
If you know of anyone affected by the storm, living in Wilson County, that meet the criteria, please have them fill out the enclosed survey, and get it back to me by June 26, 2020. I have also enclosed the income limits.
Jim Kidwell, ADA"
Please direct any questions to Jim Kidwell at the Wilson County Mayor's Office (615)444-1383.