Mayfield Ky- After every major disaster, the toughest group to recover are home renters. Little to no programs exist for landlords to repair their properties, leaving tenants with no place to go. Since the Dec 10th tornado, much of Mayfield’s rental population has been staying in hotels, campers or staying with friends and family, but continue remain essentially homeless.
The Mayfield Graves County Long Term Recovery Group has created a new program to provide housing for the renter population by purchasing twenty-five vacant homes, making needed repairs and improvements to the homes and plans to have these twenty-five families in their homes by Christmas Day, December 25th, 20222.
Mayfield Graves County Long Term Recovery Group will utilize their partner network to make repairs to the homes and allow approved survivors to lease the property at a significantly discounted rate. After one year of leasing the home, the survivor will be allowed to purchase the home.
The Mayfield Graves County Long Term Recovery Group 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 current new home builds. These measures include high impact windows and doors, installation of hurricane clips and foundation straps, and storm shelters installed at each residence. The homes will also include energy efficient appliances and heating/cooling units to lower the overall cost of home ownership.
“We have been working for months to determine the right solution to fill this gap in our recovery. Our success, not only with reaching our goal of 25 homes before Christmas, but to recover as a community will be how much we as a community own our recovery. While we are extremely excited about this program as well as all of the other programs that are helping our survivors, we must continue to step up as friends, neighbors and family to help those who need it most. We must choose not to let the tornado define us, but to let the world see us for who we really are … a community that will never give up.”
Interested building partners or donors can contact LTRG Executive Director Ryan Drane at 270-227-0841