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Grant program rebuilding Midway homes

Grant program rebuilding Midway homes
Grant program rebuilding Midway homes
Posted at 3:00 AM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 23:03:51-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) - Thanks to a grant new homes are will be built for seniors and low-income families in Midway.

On Thursday, the city voted to approve construction.

Five homes are being completely re-built and one is being renovated.

Residents of Midway came to out to get the ball rolling on a new community project.

Franzetta Mathis' mom is one of the lucky recipients.

"She is excited," Mathis said. "She really is and I think she will benefit well because she's the only one home now by herself."

Mathis says the new house will be smaller and easier for her mom to get around.

It's all thanks to a statewide program. The Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant funds the rebuilding of homes for low-income families and seniors.

To qualify for the grant, residents must own a property and house considered unlivable. In addition, they must meet the income requirement.

The Midway commission unanimously voted to approve construction of the new homes. The next step is getting started on the six homes.

Midway received $700,000 for the project. Part of the grant helps pay for recipients to live somewhere while their new home is built.

"This is the first time that we've had an opportunity to give our less fortunate affordable homes and not have to pay one dime for them," said Midway Mayor Wanda Range. "To me, that's just a blessing all by itself."

It is a life-changing opportunity for the families who will soon be living in a brand new home.