Housing dollars heading to two local agencies

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 6, 2014

Federal money to repair housing in West-Central Mississippi will flow to three organizations in the state, including two in Vicksburg.

Mountain of Faith Ministries is receiving $27,028 to finance repairing and rehabilitating homes for four low-income homeowners, according to a press release this week from U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson’s office. The group runs Women’s Restoration Shelter and Faith House homeless shelters in Vicksburg.

Funding for the shelter was part of a $99,000 chunk of preservation funds Thompson announced in his district. The money will come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program.

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Recipients of the homes will be determined at a later date, MOFM executive director Tina Hayward said.

“We just have a list of people right now and, since we’re a new agency to the grant program, we still have to go through training for Rural Development,” Hayward said.

A $45,000 allocation goes to Warren Washington Issaquena Sharkey Community Action Agency Inc. Thompson’s office said the agency would repair seven to 10 single-family homes in its four-county area. The organization assists low-income earners and the elderly in paying electricity bills and is active in making homes weatherproof.

Another $27,028 is going to South Central Community Action Agency Inc. The money will cover home repair and rehab for two low-income homeowners. The agency works in Claiborne, Madison, Rankin, Simpson and Walthall counties.