The City of Greensboro is opening the pre-application phase for homeowners who hope to renovate their home with help from the city’s Community Home Investment Program (CHIP) grant.
To participate in the program, homes must be owner-occupied. Eligibility for the renovation funds will be based on the income of the home occupants, the census tract location of the home, and the degree of need.
The pre-application form can be downloaded online at www.greensborocommunityhousing.com and printed copies are available at Greensboro City Hall, 212 North Main Street during regular business hours.
All pre-application forms must be returned by 5pm on Friday, April 6 in order to be considered.
“Greensboro’s CHIP grant award is exciting news for our city,” comments Greensboro’s Community Development Director, Cail Hammons. “Typically these grants provide for the rehabilitation of several homes within a targeted neighborhood. This funding is a step in the right direction for Greensboro’s efforts to facilitate neighborhood revitalization in our community.”
This is the second round of CHIP funding for the city. A 2014 grant also awarded $300,000 to the city and funded four home renovations.
Greensboro’s increased focus on the improvement of its residential areas was born out of redevelopment efforts that began on Main Street with the city’s Better Hometown Program more than 15 years ago. As these efforts matured, city leaders looked to encourage revitalization in the neighborhoods that surround downtown.
“Cities with healthy downtowns have thriving neighborhoods surrounding the core commercial district,” explains Hammons. “Housing is typically an important part of successful downtown development strategies.”
Greensboro was accepted into the state’s Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) program in 2013 and formed a local Community Housing Team to establish
goals and provide citizen input for the city’s neighborhood revitalization efforts. The Community Housing Team identified CHIP funds as a housing resource for the city.
For more information about Greensboro’s housing efforts or the CHIP program, visit www.greensborocommunityhousing.com or contact Cail Hammons at (706) 453-7674.