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PULASKI — The Town of Pulaski, through its Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RHA), is hoping to receive grant monies to help it with a proposed project that would replace condemned housing with new homes.
In a draft letter of interest to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Town Manager John Hawley indicates the town is interested in submitting a planning grant for 2008-2009 that would encompass the approximately 7.8-square-mile corporate limits.
He points out that funding of the grant would help the town deal with “two critical housing conditions” facing it:
• Rehabilitation of housing that is habitable, but in need of repairs, and
• Acquisition and demolition of uninhabitable condemned homes and replacing them with new homes, where appropriate.

Hawley points out in the draft that RHA will “serve a key role” in managing and reviewing requests for proposals and contracts under the grant program.
In an effort to help get housing projects going in the town, RHA representatives attended this week’s Pulaski Town Council work session to request “seed money” to get housing projects going.
RHA chairman Clark Payne said RHA has been meeting twice a month to get a feeling for what resources are available that will allow RHA to affect some change in the town.
“We’re committed to working as closely as possible with the town and other organizations to achieve the goal of affordable and safe housing in the community,” he told council.
RHA member Terri Fitzwater Palmore said RHA is requesting $56,000 in seed money from the town’s upcoming budget to hire someone to write grants so RHA can achieve funding for the program.
She said the group also is checking into the possibility of getting some land donated to RHA for leverage money.
RHA also is looking into the possibility of partnering with the county to take over administration of Section 8 Housing, which would help provide some income for the group.
RHA members David Edney and Jim Babb urged council to support the grant project.
Edney said RHA is prepared to do all it can to “improve the town and its infrastructure.”
Babb said there are some properties RHA should be able to acquire “pretty cheap.”
The new homes that would be built in place of vacant ones “could build upon and enhance the neighborhood 20 fold.”
In addition to hiring an employee, Payne said some of the money requested from the town would be used to purchase basic supplies for RHA.

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Town eyes housing project

PULASKI — The Town of Pulaski, through its Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RHA), is hoping to receive grant monies to help it with a proposed project that would replace condemned housing with new homes.
In a draft letter of interest to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Town Manager John Hawley indicates the town is interested in submitting a planning grant for 2008-2009 that would encompass the approximately 7.8-square-mile corporate limits.
He points out that funding of the grant would help the town deal with “two critical housing conditions” facing it:
• Rehabilitation of housing that is habitable, but in need of repairs, and
• Acquisition and demolition of uninhabitable condemned homes and replacing them with new homes, where appropriate.

Hawley points out in the draft that RHA will “serve a key role” in managing and reviewing requests for proposals and contracts under the grant program.
In an effort to help get housing projects going in the town, RHA representatives attended this week’s Pulaski Town Council work session to request “seed money” to get housing projects going.
RHA chairman Clark Payne said RHA has been meeting twice a month to get a feeling for what resources are available that will allow RHA to affect some change in the town.
“We’re committed to working as closely as possible with the town and other organizations to achieve the goal of affordable and safe housing in the community,” he told council.
RHA member Terri Fitzwater Palmore said RHA is requesting $56,000 in seed money from the town’s upcoming budget to hire someone to write grants so RHA can achieve funding for the program.
She said the group also is checking into the possibility of getting some land donated to RHA for leverage money.
RHA also is looking into the possibility of partnering with the county to take over administration of Section 8 Housing, which would help provide some income for the group.
RHA members David Edney and Jim Babb urged council to support the grant project.
Edney said RHA is prepared to do all it can to “improve the town and its infrastructure.”
Babb said there are some properties RHA should be able to acquire “pretty cheap.”
The new homes that would be built in place of vacant ones “could build upon and enhance the neighborhood 20 fold.”
In addition to hiring an employee, Payne said some of the money requested from the town would be used to purchase basic supplies for RHA.

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