Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher Visits Springfield for Neighborhood Dedication

Press Release Date:  Friday, January 20, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited the city of Springfield today for the dedication and blessing of a recently revitalized neighborhood.

Governor Fletcher commended local leaders for making safe and affordable housing a priority in their community.

“Ensuring safe and clean housing is another tool for attracting business and industry and improving all facets of a community,” Governor Fletcher said. “With these grant dollars, Springfield was able to rehabilitate one family’s home, reconstruct another 10 homes and relocate seven additional households into standard housing.  The rewards of this project are immeasurable.”

Eligible activities in the housing component of the CDBG program include the rehabilitation of homes, clearance and reconstruction of seriously dilapidated homes or assist in making new homes affordable to low income families.

“This investment in Washington County is exactly the type of housing improvements intended under the CDBG program,” said Sen. Dan Kelly (R-Springfield). “It is bringing real improvement to the housing available for Springfield’s residents on High Street, and we are grateful to the governor for his investment in this project.”

“This is an incredible day for the people of Springfield and Washington County. We can see firsthand the results of investing in revitalizing our neighborhoods and breathing new life into our communities,” said Rep. Mike Harmon (R-Junction City). “I'd like to thank both our local leaders, Senator Kelly and Governor Fletcher, for their leadership in this project and their commitment to making Kentucky the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

In 2003, the city of Springfield received a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the redevelopment of East High Street, an African-American neighborhood that had a high concentration of dilapidated housing.  Additionally, the project received $453,600 in HOME funds from the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC).

Kentucky’s U.S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.