Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher announces funding for Webster County Housing Project

Press Release Date:  Friday, October 28, 2005  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

Webster County Receives CDBG Funding to Renovate Homes

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced a $482,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Webster County.  Funds will be used for the Webster County Homeowner Rehabilitation Project. 

“Safe and sanitary housing is important to a high quality of life,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This funding will provide 10 homes in Webster County with the renovations necessary in order to provide families with decent housing.” 

Funding will be used to address 10 homes in Webster County.  The project was open to all low-to-moderate income residents of Webster County whose homes were in need of repair.  A total of 15 applicants were prioritized.  Of those, 10 homes will be demolished and rebuilt on existing properties.  The other 5 will be placed on stand-by in the event that more funding becomes available or one of the other participants are ineligible or decide not to proceed. 

“This project will greatly improve the living conditions of 10 Webster County families,” said Senator Dorsey Ridley.  “I am pleased that the administration chose to fund this worthy project.” 

According to the 2000 census, over 30% of individuals residing in Webster County live in poverty.  Additionally, more than 21% of all housing units were constructed prior to 1939.

Representative Jim Gooch, Jr. said, "In order to be a caring society, we must focus on the needs of all individuals and help those who need it.  This housing project is important to Webster County.” 

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.