Funding of Housing Programs
The City of Rome currently funds its housing programs by using Community Home Investment Program (CHIP) funds from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and from its annual CDBG Entitlement funds issued from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
These funds can be used for the creation of affordable, decent housing units through new construction, rehabilitation of existing units, or home buyer assistance. The City has used the CHIP program for down payment and/or closing cost assistance, homeowner rehabilitation, and new home construction in the past.
Housing Rehabilitation Program
The Housing Rehab Program was established in 2007 and is funded through annual CDBG Entitlement funds to provide assistance to low-income residents for minor household repairs to their homes. The program is limited to families at or below 80% of the area median income. Minor home repairs may include the following areas of functions:
- Minor Floor Repairs
- Minor Roof Repair
- Repair Concrete Walks/Stairs
- Repair Electrical Problems
- Repair Minor Plumbing Problems
- Repair/Replace Door Lock
- Repair/Replace Furnace
- Repair/Replace Insulation
- Repair/Replace Water Heater
- Repair/Replace Window Screens
For a complete list of eligible repairs, or more information on Housing Rehab, please contact Suzanne Parris at 706-236-4477.
Housing is for Everyone: Rome-Floyd County Plan
In the fall of 2008, the City of Rome and Floyd County were selected to participate in the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH). GICH is a three-year program of planning, training, and technical assistance sponsored by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the University of Georgia, and the Georgia Municipal Association. Participation in GICH was a logical extension of Rome's long history of involvement in housing and neighborhood redevelopment. The GICH selection was the impetus to form a local housing team and to develop a coordinated effort that would address a broad range of housing needs in the community.
At its first GICH retreat, in February 2009, the Rome and Floyd County Housing Team discussed a large number of housing activities in the community and the wide range of organizations involved in housing. While a source of strength and vitality, the many community-based resources also create a risk that Rome's housing activities could take a scattershot approach or potentially work at cross purposes. The various community housing programs and related organizations have their own planning documents and housing goals, each developed independently of one another. The disparate planning and housing documents in the community represent both a resource and a challenge to the creation of a concentrated housing effort. Through this document, the Housing Team builds on the work of many others to outline a single action plan for housing in Rome and Floyd County. It is our intention to use the Housing is for Everyone Plan as a vehicle to communicate with the community at large the housing needs. For more information please read the Housing is for Everyone Brochure (PDF).