Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Fletcher Announces Funding for Hickman Housing Project

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 13, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the city of Hickman.  Funds will be used for Phase II of the Hickman Scattered Site project.

            “It is important for Kentucky families to have a safe, decent place to call home,” said Governor Fletcher.  “The Hickman residents who qualify for this project will benefit from an enhanced quality of life.”

            Funding will be used to address 16 homes in the city of Hickman.  There were a total of 28 residents who applied for assistance.  Of those, 16 homes will be either rehabilitated or reconstructed.  The other 12 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 16 low-to-moderate income families in the city of Hickman,” said Senator Ken Winters.  “I am pleased that the administration chose to fund this worthy project.”

            Safe and sanitary living conditions are proposed, all of which are low-income, elderly or disabled.  Currently, of the 16 potential applicants, 11 of the structures will have to be reconstructed in order to meet Universal Design Standard to ensure accommodations are available to disabled persons currently in need and to the other occupants who may have future needs for handicap accessibility.  The other five structures need to be rehabilitated.       

            Representative Steven Rudy said, "This funding represents meeting the most basic needs an individual or family could have: that of a safe, clean home. By providing this grant, we're able to help build a safer, stronger community for everyone in Hickman and laying the groundwork for success in other areas. After all, how can we expect a child to excel in school when they have no place to call home?"

            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.