Mayfield Recovery Group receives $250,000 donation for housing project

MAYFIELD, Ky. (KFVS) – The Mayfield Graves County Long-Term Recovery Group has received a large donation for its Home for the Holidays housing project. The $250,000 donation comes from the Mayfield Community Foundation.

The LTRG will use the donated funds to purchase the first four or five properties that will be renovated for tornado survivors. The new Home for the Holidays project aims to provide housing for the large tenant population among the community’s tornado survivors.

By purchasing twenty-five vacant homes, making necessary repairs and home improvements, the LTRG hopes to have these twenty-five families in their homes by Christmas Day this year, December 25.

The Mayfield Community Foundation plans to partner with the LTRG. Denise Thompson, board member of the Mayfield Community Foundation, sees an opportunity to help those struggling to find suitable housing.

“We are thrilled to partner with the LTRG on this much-needed stimulus package specifically designed to help the renter population,” Thompson said.

According to Al Chandler, chair of the long-term recovery group for Mayfield and Graves County, 70% of those affected by the Dec. 10 tornado of last year were renters.

“The plan to buy 25 vacant homes and renovate them by December 25 is an aggressive plan,” he said, “and we know big ideas need big support. We We are very grateful to the Mayfield Community Foundation for their confidence in this initiative!”

The LTRG will use its network of partners to make repairs to homes and allow approved survivors to rent the property at a significantly reduced rate. After one year of renting the house, the survivor will be allowed to purchase the house.

Along with the Mayfield Community Foundation, the LTRG will also partner with the Energy and Environment Cabinet and post-disaster architectural and engineering professionals to repair homes with the same resiliency measures used in new construction of existing homes.

These measures include high-impact windows and doors, the installation of hurricane clips and foundation straps, and storm shelters installed in every residence. Homes will also include energy-efficient appliances and heating/cooling units to reduce the overall cost of homeownership.