Beshear announces funding for new homes for storm victims

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Five months after deadly tornadoes ripped through western Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear announced $16 million in funding on Tuesday to help provide homes for storm victims.

The money, from the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund, will help provide up to 300 homes for families in 13 counties across the region, the governor said.

The relief fund is funded by donations.

Nonprofit groups Habitat for Humanity, Homes and Hope for Kentucky and The Fuller Center for Housing have submitted proposals to help build up to 100 homes each, the governor’s office said.

“If your home was lost in the devastating tornadoes five months ago, we are creating a real alternative path through donations to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund and the efforts of these nonprofit organizations,” said Beshear.

Habitat for Humanity has agreed to administer $4 million to help with down payment assistance for a home mortgage. Habitat hopes to build 10 homes in Bowling Green and 10 in Dawson Springs by the end of 2022 and 30 new homes in Bowling Green and 50 new homes in the Pennryile area by the end of 2023, the Beshear office said. .

The Fuller Center for Housing has agreed to administer $4 million to help with down payment assistance for mortgages on up to 100 homes. Fuller Center hopes to build 11 homes in Graves County and has indicated plans to expand to other counties.

Homes and Hope for Kentucky agreed to administer $8 million to pay for materials needed to build homes. Homes and Hope, in partnership with Mennonite Disaster Services and area Amish groups to build and repair homes at no labor cost, is expected to fund up to 100 homes. Homes and Hope for Kentucky currently has 15 homes under construction in Graves County.

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