Columbus Council approves funding for elderly homes, help for homeless

Columbus Council approves funding for elderly homes, help for homeless

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus City Council is helping to boost local service organizations, allocating more than $600,000 total in funds at Tuesday night's meeting.

Council members voted to approve $376,066 to Neighborworks Columbus, Inc. Most of that money will go to the Columbus Cottage Program, providing a new home every year for an elderly person who has an unsafe home and cannot afford to repair it.

The project will be demolishing and reconstructing four housing units for low-income elderly homeowners in substandard housing. These funds came from grant money not yet used, set to expire at the end of this month if not committed to a project.

Other money going to Neighborworks Columbus is for the "acquisition and rehabilitation of a single family housing unit to resale to an income eligible household." This is from a 2008 grant allocation, that was set to run out this September.

Columbus City Council's approval of money allocation also involved the Open Door Community House, which is being awarded $262,350 to have a Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program. This is to provide rental assistance for 15 people or families who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless. This help would be for up to two years.

Also at Tuesday night's meeting, Columbus City Council honored former longtime CSU basketball coach and athletic director Herbert Greene and also James Spencer, a banker and CSU supporter, who both died this month. Council members read resolutions about both mens' contributions to our community and local school, which will later be presented to their families.

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