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Fairmont-Morgantown Housing Authority Receives $100,000 Grant

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The Fairmont-Morgantown Housing Authority has worked for nearly a decade to repair and upgrade lower income homes.

It may seem like in order to live in a nice house, you have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars. With the economy the way it is today, that may seem impossible to do.

The Fairmont-Morgantown Housing Authority makes the dream of living in a nice house a reality for low-income families.

"We have rental. We have our own apartments in which we rent," said John Martys, FMHA executive director. "We have rental vouchers. We serve about 1,200 families with rental vouchers."

Officials said the housing authority is a great entity for the community to have.

"It's so crucial to a healthy economy, healthy community," said Kathy Wyrosdick, Fairmont City planner. "You have to have housing available to all spectrums. The Fairmont-Morgantown Housing Authority provides that level of assistance to those who need it."

Word on what the organization does has spread far and wide. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and United Bank wanted to support its cause.

"We have a grant program that we give to authorities and non-profit organizations and developers of affordable housing," said John Bendel, FHLBank Pittsburgh.

The $132,214 grant will help low income families or those with special needs.

"They really stand out because they have used some of our money to rehabilitate homes that are owned or occupied," Bendel said. "People that are low income, they really need help to fix up a roof or a furnace or just meet code and they can't do it otherwise."

"Average rehab is between 13 and 15 thousand dollars," Martys said. "Typically what we do with that money is replacing a roof, improving the kitchen, adding handicapped accessibility."

If you would like more information on what the Fairmont-Morgantown Housing Authority aims to do, call 304-363-0860.