VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) — Some homeowners in the historic Marcus Bottom neighborhood in Vicksburg will soon get the home repairs they need.
The city was awarded $180,000 in affordable housing program funds which will go twoard repairs and rehabilitation of 25 homes.
Lois Price is one of the people who received the grant, “Y’all just don’t know a blessing is just the best thing you can get.” She says she has owned her home for over 30 years, and this is where she grew up,”it’s just a blessing that i got all these things i needed see its the need not the wants its the needs that you get.”
Erma Humes is another homeowner to receive the grant, she says, “I was just so happy i couldn’t stop smiling, and thankful to God ya know for allowing it, and for putting the people in place to do this for me, they could of found somebody else but they chose me.”
The money for homeowners is essentially free after they applied for the funds. But they cannot sell their home for five years, otherwise they would have to pay back a pro-rated amount of the cost of the restoration.
U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson and representatives from Federal Home Loan Bank and Bancorp South presented the check Wednesday as a part of the Affordable Housing Program. Congressman Thompson believes this is a great thing for the city, “Most people if they had a choice, would stay here, this is an opportunity with this program give people an opportunity to stay in the community they love.”
The funds will go towards repairs and rehabilitation of 25 homes.
Mississippi is among five states – and Vicksburg is one of 27 projects – included int he program that will result in almost 1,500 new or renovated housing units.