Eula Mae Smith stands on the porch of her newly-rehabilitated home in Milstead. The work, which was funded through a grant administered by the state Department of Community Affairs, included replacement of the wiring and roof, as well as new kitchen cabinets and carpeting. -- Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith
CONYERS -- Rockdale County officials are preparing to celebrate the first successful renovation of a resident's home under the Community Home Investment Program.
Homeowner Eula Mae Smith is the first resident to have her home in the Milstead community renovated under The Homeowner Rehabilitation Project, which is funded through a grant administered by the state Department of Community Affairs. Smith has lived in the house most of her life, and two of her children were born there.
Alice Cintron, grants administrator for the county, said about $63,000 was spent rehabilitating Smith's home, from replacing the roof and wiring, to installing new kitchen cabinets and carpeting. In addition, the house was updated to be handicapped-accessible.
Cintron said the county applied for the grant funds in 2011 and was awarded, in part, because Rockdale had not received this kind of funding in the past.
The process of identifying those who would receive the funding was intensive, she said, including title searches on properties.
"It had to be owner-occupied with no liens on the property and they had to meet certain income guidelines," she said.
Cintron said the renovation work was started in December. The county plans a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the near future as a way of welcoming Smith into her renovated home.
The Homeowner Rehabilitation Project provides funding to repair or replace items such as a home's roof, furnace, plumbing and/or electrical and septic system. Cintron said the county is about to start work on two more homes in need of rehabilitation.
For more information about the program, contact Cintron at 770-278-7551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.