ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Dougherty County leaders told the WALB News 10 team their latest program, Restore Dougherty, is going well already a week in.
The HUD-funded program is geared towards low or fixed-income homeowners who still have storm damage from recent natural disasters, like the 2017 storms or Hurricane Irma.
Officials said that so far, they already have around 25 pre-qualification applicants. WALB was told that a lot of them have been elderly, retired or disabled.
Officials said that if those applicants meet the qualifications and everything goes smoothly, they’re optimistic to start repairs to some properties this spring.
Those applicants are telling program leaders they just want their properties fixed.
“Whether it’s, you know, ‘My roof is still leaking and water is running down.’ It’s always a joy when everybody calls, you know, they open with, ‘Hi Ms. Georgia, so and so told me about the program.’ And so I have to give my residents credit also for spreading the word.” said Georgia Collier-Bolling, the Dougherty County Disaster Programs manager.
They are encouraging people to apply within 60 days from the start of the program.
The program is only about a week into taking applications. The first step in the Restore Dougherty program is for homeowners to complete the pre-application which can be found online or you can pick up a paper copy of the pre-application on the first floor of the County Government Administration Building.
The paper version of the pre-application should be returned to the dropbox located at 125 Pine Avenue or to the first floor reception desk in the Government Center at 222 Pine Avenue.