Katie Moore, East Tennessee liaison for the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, presents a $587,840 symbolic check to LaFollette Mayor Cliff Jennings and council members Phillip Farmer and Stephanie Solomon.

LAFOLLETTE, TN. (WLAF)- The City of LaFollette has been awarded over $500,000 to help homeowners rebuild or renovate their homes.

The HOME Program funds are earmarked to assist low to very low income individuals who otherwise would not have the money to make the needed improvements.

“This strengthens communities,” said Katie Moore, East Tennessee liaison for the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.  

Yesterday, LaFollette officials were presented with a $587,840 symbolic check.

“We certainly appreciate this,” LaFollette Mayor Cliff Jennings said.

The project is already underway. The public hearings have been conducted, the applications received and are in the selection process.

The repairs will be focused on bringing the homes selected up to code when possible. Complete reconstructions could also be considered, according to the Tennessee Housing Development Agency website.

Left to right, name unknown, Wayne Kitts, Phillip Farmer, Cliff Jennings, Stephanie Solomon and Katie Moore.

Anyone seeking additional information on the program should contact LaFollette City Hall at 423.562.4961.

“These funds could go anywhere and you found a way to bring them here,” Moore said of the city’s efforts.

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 2/202024- 6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)