Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Approves Grant for Pulaski Housing Project

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 05, 2008  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

FRANKFORT, KY (June 5, 2008) –  Gov. Steve Beshear, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD), has announced the approval of a $1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for a scattered site housing project targeting low income, disabled, and elderly homeowners in Pulaski County.  

The county will use the grant to target at least 10 houses that have been inspected and determined to be deteriorated beyond repair.  The rehabilitation project will address multiple safety and health hazards such as unstable or failing foundations, dangerous outdated electrical wiring and fuse boxes, inadequate heat and/or air conditioning, unsanitary plumbing facilities, lack of running water or hot water, no insulation and leaky roofs. 

Nine of the 10 priority applicant homes for reconstruction in Pulaski county are inhabited by individuals with disabilities but lack sufficient handicap accessibility.  Upon completion, those houses will be fully accessible to accommodate disabled residents.   

“There are any number of homes and people in Pulaski county that just deserve better than what they have,” said Judge/Executive Barty Bullock.  “On behalf of the county, I want to thank GOLD and the Governor’s office for considering and approving us for this grant.  I am proud to be a part of it and am excited about being able to hand the first family a key to their new home.”  

The dilapidated units will be demolished and reconstructed on their existing properties.  Funds will also be used to provide temporary housing for homeowners during the rehabilitation process. 

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 state’s CDBG program is managed by GOLD and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Approved grants are used to assist counties and cities in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and/or improving community facilities and services.