State Awards Third Round of Rural Housing Grants

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Friday, April 19th, 2024

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A third round of rural housing grants will invest more than $6.3 million in infrastructure improvements that will support more than 123 housing units in three Georgia communities.

Gov. Brian Kemp announced the state’s Rural Workforce Housing Initiative last year during his annual State of the State address. Since then, the General Assembly has allocated more than $85 million to the OneGeorgia Authority to support the program.

“We have already seen a great response to the Rural Workforce Housing program,” Kemp said Wednesday. “This latest round of grants will further strengthen communities experiencing incredible economic growth.”

The third round of grants includes $2.5 million to the city of Savannah for sewer system improvements needed to complete a 66-acre development that will provide 30 new single-family homes and 20 townhouses.

The city of Louisville will get $2.2 million for infrastructure projects necessary for a planned 18-acre subdivision consisting of 46 new homes and townhouses in two phases.

The city of Lyons was awarded a grant of more than $1.6 million for infrastructure improvements needed to complete a subdivision of 27 single-family homes on 14.5 acres.

Two previous rounds of rural housing grants awarded in January and last September provided more than $17 million to nine local government applicants across Georgia.

“With economic growth occurring in every part of the state, demand for workforce housing continues to grow,” said Christopher Nunn, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. “The OneGeorgia Authority is pleased to support these local communities that are pursuing deliberate workforce housing strategies.”