Updated Fri, Mar 9, 2012 2:27 pm
A new housing grant will assist low-income and handicapped individuals in Southeastern Ohio with home repairs.
The State Controlling Board awarded grants totaling $5 million to organizations throughout the state as part of the Department of Development's Housing Assistance Grant Program.
The Southeastern Ohio projects funded by this grant will be overseen by three local agencies, including the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development -COAD- in Athens.
The money will be used to provide emergency home repairs and handicapped accessibility modifications.
WOUB News visited Edna McCoy's home today in Meigs County to take a look at work done with previous funding.
McCoy's home got a variety of improvements, including a bathroom which is big enough for a wheelchair and new plumbing.
McCoy says she is thankful to be able to get around her house with ease.
COAD's Bernard Salzman says the new funding is already being put to use at many homes across the region.
He says in total, the money will benefit as many as 150 households.