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Crawford receives grant to rebuild homes


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CRAWFORD -- The town of Crawford recently was awarded a $293,350 grant to rebuild four homes along Lodge and Flower streets. 


Crawford applied for the 2010 HOME Investment Partnership Grants through the Mississippi Development Authority in August 2010. 


"This grant will provide much needed assistance to families in our community. We are very fortunate and grateful to receive this grant," said Fred Tolon, mayor of Crawford, a town of about 600, according to U.S. Census data. "We would like to continue to apply for this program so that we can assist additional citizens."  


It is the first time the town has applied for the grant. 


MDA distributes these federal funds to expand the supply of decent, safe and affordable housing within the state. 


"The Town of Crawford has demonstrated local commitment in addressing the housing improvement needs of Mississippi," Gov. Haley Barbour stated in a letter to the town of Crawford.  


Barbour also commended the Mayor for his initiative and for helping to improve the quality of life in Crawford, especially as it related to the low and very low-income citizens.  


The implementation of the grant program will begin immediately. 


The grant program administrator, Andrew Smith of Small Town and Rural Communities Planning Associates estimated that the reconstruction of the homes could begin in September, once required formal paperwork is filed.




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