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Bowling Green affordable housing plan gets rescue money

February 13, 2022 GMT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — An affordable housing plan initiated months before tornadoes struck Bowling Green in December is moving forward at the right time to help dozens of residents displaced by the storms.

Warren Fiscal Court on Friday approved an agreement with the Housing Authority of Bowling Green to use $1 million in American Rescue Plan Act money to finance infrastructure for a 40-unit housing complex, the Daily News reports.

The ARPA funds will be funneled through the Housing Authority’s Live the Dream nonprofit arm, established to help low-income families achieve home ownership.

Magistrate Doug Gorman, who has been working with the housing authority for several months to get the affordable housing community started, said the need was there before the storms destroyed dozens of homes.

“The issue is the land prices are so high that it’s hard to build homes that are affordable,” he said. “The Housing Authority has this property, so we worked with them to find a way to offset the infrastructure cost. It will allow them to discount the lot prices.”

Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon said the December tornadoes increased the need for new homes.

“We need affordable housing now more than ever,” he said.