Donna Johnson, a former Refugio resident, will be at Refugio City Hall on Wednesday, July 20, at 10 a.m. to take applications from homeowners who qualify for the program.
Six homes will be chosen from Refugio, Woodsboro, Bayside and the county. Applications are currently available in the county judge’s office.
“This program targets individuals who do all the right things but don’t have the ability to repair their own homes,” said Donna Johnson of GrantWorks, who is overseeing the grant.
Certain requirements must be met to qualify. Taxes must be paid up, proof of ownership must be shown and income must be proven.
Fliers with the information required as proof are also in the county judge’s office.
“Rehabilitation is an option unless costs exceed $25,000,” Johnson said. “When we finish, everything has to be up to code.”
Johnson said should the costs for repairs exceed the limit, new construction is an option. Plans for the home will be furnished under the grant.
Johnson said she was thrilled to be able to offer this program to Refugio County.
“This is my home and where I grew up,” she said. “My dad really instilled in me a sense of responsibility to our home.”
Donna’s father, Price Johnson, is a former mayor and county judge.
“For me to be able to come here and make a difference in people’s lives is big fore me,” Johnson said.
She has worked on many projects under the program and said it is good for homeowners as well as the county.
“When we rehabilitate or construct a new home, a new pride in the neighborhood builds,” she said. “Neighbors are painting and planting. I’ve seen it time and again.”
Committing to the program in the county brings a special glow to the grantwriter.
“I can change people’s lives here,” she said. “When I cross over the county line, peace comes over me because I’m home.”