By Crystal Burns
It won’t be the most romantic setting for Valentine’s Day, but homeowners in Trenton should make plans to attend a public meeting at City Hall Thursday, Feb. 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Officials will be available to provide information on the Home Program Housing Rehabilitation Project, which is designed to assist low-income households and is funded under an agreement with Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The City of Trenton has received a $500,000 grant for the program, and the money could build five to seven new homes. The city has received THDA grants for less money in the past, with funding used to get qualifying homes up to code. This grant, however, will provide for the demolition of the existing house to be replaced by a three-bedroom, one-bath home approximately 1,110 square feet.
“We’re really excited about it,” Mayor Ricky Jackson said in October 2018. “This can’t do anything but help Trenton. It’s a win-win situation.”
The council began preparing for the grant’s administration in October. City leaders then waited patiently on state officials to set the public meeting to get more information to interested homeowners.
At the council’s Jan. 22 meeting, Jackson announced the public meeting would be held earlier in February, but he said Thursday the meeting was changed to Feb. 14 to accommodate the number of days needed to advertise the informational session.
Interested homeowners are encouraged to attend the meeting. Council members are also asking clergy, family and friends of potential applicants to attend and help their neighbors through the application process.