2018-05-16 / Front Page

City homeowners benefit from CHIP grant

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


The home of Catherine Washington on Alabama Avenue before being completely rebuilt with CHIP funds. 
(Photos contributed) The home of Catherine Washington on Alabama Avenue before being completely rebuilt with CHIP funds. (Photos contributed) Several homeowners in the City of Millen have made improvements to their homes through the Community Home Investment Program (CHIP) grant received by the City of Millen. The grant is administered through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

So far, improvements have been made to three homes in the City with work having begun on a fourth home. Improvements have been made to the homes of Jeanette Garnto on Lee Street and Minnie Lanier on Alabama Avenue. The home of Catherine Washington on Pine Avenue has been completely rebuilt.

CHIP funds must be used to benefit low-to-moderate income households. However, certain criteria must be met to be eligible for receiving the funds. The required criteria include the following. The property must be stick-built. Mobile or manufactured homes are not eligible. The applicant must live within the city limits of Millen and must own the home. Applicants may have an outstanding mortgage but it cannot be a rent-to-own and the applicant must prove that all payments for the mortgage or loans secured by the property are up-to-date. The home to be rehabilitated must be the applicant’s primary residence. Property taxes must be current. City utilities must be current.



The home of Catherine Washington on Alabama Avenue after being completely rebuilt with CHIP funds. The home of Catherine Washington on Alabama Avenue after being completely rebuilt with CHIP funds.

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