Local leaders, federal and elected officials gathered on, Tuesday, January 24, 2006, to make a formal presentation at the Crossville Housing Authority. Mark Brezina, Knoxville Office Director and Congressman Lincoln Davis (TN-D-4th) announced HUD funding in the amount of $595,173.00 targeted for the Oak Ridge/Upper Cumberland region through the Cumberland Regional Development Corporation (CRDC), sponsors for the Oak Ridge/Upper Cumberland Continuum of Care as follows:
$236,880.00 Shelter Plus Care (SPC) - provides rental assistance and social services, supportive housing for homeless people with disabilities and their families – Awarded to the Town of Crossville Housing Authority.
$130,440.00 Shelter Plus Care (SPC) – Awarded to Fentress County
Knoxville HUD Office Director Mark Brezina, Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham III, U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis and state Sen. Charlotte Burks listen to opening remarks from CHA Director Don Alexander. In the background is County Mayor Brock Hill.
$62,649.00 Supportive Housing Program (SHP) – continue to help develop housing and related supportive services for people moving from homelessness to independent living. – Awarded to Genesis House, Inc.
$165,204.00 – Supportive Housing Program (SHP) – helps develop housing and related supportive services for people moving from homelessness to independent living – Awarded to the Cumberland Regional Development Corporation (CRDC).
At the same event, a check was presented to the Crossville Housing Authority Director, Don Alexander, for $150,000. for the Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency Elderly program. This funding helps housing authorities, resident associations or non-profit organizations provide the coordination of services for the elderly and persons with disabilities, including transportation to medical appointments, shopping, etc., health and wellness programs. These services allow these individuals or families to live independently.
Thousands of local programs that house and serve homeless persons-from emergency shelters and transitional housing projects to permanent supportive housing programs received $1.33 Billion in funding through grants announced by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson. HUD funding will support a record number of local programs and are expected to provide critically needed assistance to approximately 172,000 persons and families living without a home of their own. The $643,367 award to East Tennessee was part of the over one billion that the Bush Administration announced nationwide.
Also in attendance at the January 24, 2006 event , Crossville Mayor J. H. Graham III, Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill, State Senator Burks and Crossville Housing Authority Executive Director, Don Alexander.
Congressman Lincoln Davis said: "I have long felt that we have a duty as humans to help those with tremendous needs. With this grant, the Crossville community can continue to extend a helping hand so that those in need can chart a new course for their lives."