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REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS FOR TXCDBG GRANT #7219291

On or about 7/21/2020 Morris County will submit a request to the Texas Department of Agriculture - Office of Rural Affairs (TDA-ORA) for the release of Texas Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-383), as amended, to undertake a project known as Water Improvements 7219291, for the purpose of Administrative and Engineering Fees and Services and proposes to replace approximately 22,760 linear feet (LF) of 6-inch water line, boring, approximately 180 LF of steel casing, valves, and all associated appurtenances on State St from US HWY 259 to FM 144 North, where it intersects with Hubbard St (33.171872°, -94.742795°), and on FM 144 North from State St, and intersection with Hubbard St, to CR 3317, Omaha, Texas. Morris County has been awarded $275,000 in grant funds and shall contribute $13,750 in match funds.

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HOME Program

Morris County is proud to offer eligible homeowners the opportunity to apply for the HOME Program. The program provides funds to demolish substandard housing and build a new home on the same site.

Morris County received the HOME Investment Partnerships Program grant in 2019 from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to build new houses for low-income homeowners. The purpose of the HOME Program is to expand the supply of decent, safe, and affordable housing for low-income households.

To qualify for the program, homeowners must live in a substandard home, reside within the unincorporated area (outside city limits) of Morris County, own their own home, be current on their property taxes, have no liens or encumbrances on their property, and have an income at or below 80% of the county median income. Income limits are listed in the attached information sheet.

There is no cost to the homeowner to participate in the HOME Program. The assistance is provided in the form of a conditional grant for five years or a deferred forgivable loan 15 years. If the homeowner sells their home within that time period, they must repay a portion of the cost of the home. After that time period, the grant or loan is forgiven.

For a paper application, visit Morris County Courthouse, County Judge’s Office, 500 Broadnax St., Daingerfield, TX 75638. To start your application online, visit https//bit.ly/MorrisCountyHOMEApp. Individuals that may require special assistance, such as persons with special needs, language interpretation needs, elderly or disabled, please contact the County Judge’s Office to request accommodations. Applicants who complete an application and provide all necessary documentation will be contacted for an interview and verification of information. The grant ends February 2022. All applications will be dependent on availability of funds. Qualified residents are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  For more information about the HOME Program, contact Kathy Boyles at (903) 276-4995.

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