Income Restriction Waived In Rental Properties For Victims Of Sevier County Wildfires

Friday, December 16, 2016
TennesseeHousing Development Agency (THDA) announced on Friday it is waiving the income restrictions in Low Income Housing Tax Credit properties for persons who lost their homes in the Sevier County wildfires.  
 
This allowance is a consequence of the presidential disaster designation for the area. THDA administers the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program statewide.
   
 
Tennessee's LIHTC properties are posted on TNHousingSearch.org. The site is free to use. The toll-free number for TNHousingSearch inquiries is 1-877-428-8844. Callers can use English or Spanish. Properties can also be viewed here on THDA's website, THDA.org.
 
Individuals who sustained losses in the designated area must apply for federal assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The toll-free telephone number will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Once they are issued a FEMA identification number, they will be eligible to apply at any LIHTC property with a vacancy nationwide regardless of their income.
 
"Persons who need housing are asked to contact the LIHTC property manager," said Ralph M. Perrey, executive director of THDA. "The waiver will allow displaced households to remain in the property until December 31, 2017."
 
THDA is providing 50 additional Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers for affected income-eligible families. Applications are made by calling 1-931-881-3472 or in person. THDA staff will be at two locations on December 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
 
HomeSource  
109 Winona Street
Knoxville, TN 37917
 
Ridgewood Village
942 James Ena Miller Drive
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
 
Also, three area agencies assisting with homelessness have been allocated additional Emergency Solutions Grant funds. Applicants for the "rapid re-housing" funds are asked to call 1-888-556-0791. A return number is necessary. Information will be collected and the call returned.


Habitat For Humanity Appoints 5 New Board Members

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area has appointed the following industry leaders to its Board of Directors:  Catharine Bahner Daniels, owner of Plum Nelly Shop & Gallery; Derrick DePriest, senior vice president at Atlantic Capital Bank; Randy Drummer, CPA and partner of Henderson Hutcherson and McCullough, PLLC; Mark Hite, owner of Mark Hite Team ... (click for more)

Williams Donates $11k To Woodmore Elementary

A group of close to one hundred local real estate agents were training at the Keller Williams Greater Downtown office during the time of the 2016 Woodmore bus tragedy. After taking initiative to donate to the school, the agents raised eleven thousand dollars—with money contributed from as far as Keller Williams in Alaska. During the training event, a group of agents decided ... (click for more)

Excitement Builds As Tennessee Valley Prepares For Monday's Eclipse

Sandra Nicholson, director of the Edu-Care Daycare Center on Signal Mountain, is as ready for  Monday’s  historic solar eclipse as she’s ever going to be. It took some doing, she said, but she has finally enough pairs of NASA-certified solar safety glasses for everyone in her family.  She’s just one of the tens of thousands of Tennessee Valley area residents ... (click for more)

Berke, Hinton Moving To Have City Removed As Trustee Of Confederate Cemetery

Mayor Andy Berke on Friday said he has asked City Attorney Wade Hinton, on behalf of the city of Chattanooga, to file the necessary paperwork "to confirm the city is no longer listed as a trustee of a Confederate Cemetery on East Third Street." Mayor Berke said, “Our action today makes it clear that the city of Chattanooga condemns white supremacy in every way, shape and ... (click for more)

Mayor Invites Civil War II - And Response (17)

I just received an email from the Mayor stating that he filed paperwork to remove the city of Chattanooga as the trustee for the Confederate Cemetery on Third Street. I understand the Mayor's intent was to distance the city from it's racist past and subsequent hate, but I feel like this is an interesting move without much thought of the consequences. The Mayor prefaced his ... (click for more)

Berke Plan To Solve Discrimination Is To Kick Dead Veterans To The Curb

Racism and discrimination is wrong. What is the best way for a parent to teach a child the evils of discrimination? Should the parent demonstrate and repetitively incentivize the proper behavior? Or, would it be more productive to badger the child over and over again for the sins of the child's g-g-g-grandfather who died 150 years ago? Would burning the personal effects of the grandfather ... (click for more)