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City Awarded $612,000 in CHIP Grant funding

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(Source: City of Thomasville) (Source: City of Thomasville)
(Source: City of Thomasville) (Source: City of Thomasville)

 A major makeover for Thomasville.

The city is getting 612-thousand dollars from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

The money will be used to build affordable new homes and to rehabilitate existing ones.
 
Thomasville Housing Administrator Charlotte Christian is thrilled the city got all the CHIP Grant funding she applied for back in March.

"It's really been a long journey but we're very excited to have new houses under construction," said Christian

Each year a pool of 6.2 million dollars gets disbursed into 16 Georgia communities. Since 2000, the city of Thomasville has received $506,000 in CHIP funding.  This year alone, they're getting more than $600,000.

"The advantage to the CHIP grant is that the houses will be sold at a very affordable price, they are limited to folks of low to moderate income," said Christian

If you drive down Victoria Place Street in Thomasville you can see a brand new community in the works. Some of which are even houses fixed up using some of the previous grant funding. 

Many houses in the historic areas of Thomasville are being fixed up and sold to new owners. Money from that sale goes right back into the grant funding for more houses in the community.

"Some of the new houses under the CHIP grant will be built in this community but some will not," said Christian

If you look at the map of the city you can see different colored areas. The shades of green are undeveloped areas, the red are vacant properties in very poor condition and the orange are properties that could possibly be restored. The purpose of the grant will now be to fix up those areas through out the whole city. 

"We want very badly to blend the old with the new," said Christian

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