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Grant money available for 24 home repairs in the county
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Twenty-four homeowners will be eligible to have their homes repaired or rebuilt under the Refugio County Housing Reconstruction/Rehabilitation Assistance program.

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.”
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laselva
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July 21, 2011
That's the best part of breaking up.

Meet me at The Vulcan Gas Company and we'll toss back a few beers while digging on Shiva's Headband...wait a minute...this isn't 1967...and nowadays the cowboys have long hair and I don't have any.

Flashbacks are a bummer.
laselva
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July 21, 2011
LW-

Bamboozled and sidetracked by the right; a favorite little ploy of theirs to not get anything accomplished.

The housing repair grant in this article is a completely different issue than the HA money and computer centers remark brought up by Jonesie.

If Jones wants to rant about Housing Authority and computers, let it rip. I however, will no longer respond to Housing Authority remarks.

Go Donna Johnson! Help those folks.

And God bless teenagers, good and bad.
laselva
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July 21, 2011
LW-

I have no gripe about computer centers as a concept. I have had tenants' rent paid by the local Housing Authority. Their track record was very good, and I never had a problem with most of them.

My concern is in a larger complex is, and I hate sound like I'm discriminating here-- teenagers. That's who these computers are aimed at, and all it takes is one sociopathic idiot to wreck it for everyone. 90% of all minor criminal offenses are done by teenage boys. I've raised two children, both now adults, and I can safely say there's always one in the crowd-- even in a crowd of good kids.

Those are just my concerns as un-liberal as they may be, but based on my experiences.

The best scenario would be to build one model complex with the computer center and see how it goes before spending a small fortune on dozens of them.
laselva
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July 20, 2011
Lw- You state valid points, and as I said the concept is a worthwhile one. That libraries and schools are reducing their hours, roads are not maintained, in fact, just about everything once done for the public by state and federal government is reduced due to lack of revenues. And all of this can go straight back to the trillions spent on the wars and tax cuts for the wealth...I'm sorry, they now call themselves the "Job creators."

If they are job creators -- and they've had reduced taxes for the past decade, where are the jobs then? Need more tax cuts? fewer regulations? (That worked well in the banking industry.)

As we are in a financial bind, I feel computer centers should wait until better times. Get people who have "done the right things," and who need a little help keeping their homes maintained the assistance they need without political turmoil.
HellFire
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July 20, 2011
LiberatedFAwoman’s income is government funded. Sure, she supports any give away program.
jonesie
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July 20, 2011
LiberatedWoman,

Gotta question----How much of "your" money (not taxpayers money) would you invest ------ "because of the potential positive benefits" of having computers in a public housing neighborhood? Your quote.

And I believe you stretched a little stating some people would use the computer to order groceries from Amazon if only they had a computer. I just seen a flock of birddogs fly over.
jonesie
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July 19, 2011
laselva,

The "computer BS" is in the grant for one reason and one reason only. They don't know when enough is enough and it is prevalent throughout local, state and national govt. Republicans and Democrats are just as guilty. It ain't their money--so spend it like their is no tomorrow.
laselva
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July 19, 2011
I might have to agree with you on this one Jonesie, as "computer centers" do seem a bit extravagant for a public housing project.

A worthwhile concept to be sure-- having low income kids with access to computers, but they're available at most libraries and schools, and I would also hope that if once installed, the computers don't go missing. Also, who is going to service or maintain the computers?

If I had voice in this, I'd call my representative and lobby them for X'ing the computer centers.
jonesie
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July 19, 2011
July 14, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Rubén Hinojosa announced federal grants totaling $3,865,238 will be distributed to Housing Authorities throughout Congressional District 15 of Texas for projects which include new construction of homes, renovations and upgrades of old homes and create computer centers in public housing neighborhoods.

How about your taxes "creating computer centers in public housing neighborhoods"? How is that helping a needy person? How did this "creating computer centers in public housing neighborhoods" even get written into this grant? This is how they always screw up what was pretty good intentions.
laselva
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July 19, 2011
Salty-

Hey, I'm with you not giving away money to folks who cheat and lie to get public assistance. You're preaching to the choir here big fella. But this program requires people to "qualify" for the grant. That requires income, current taxes paid, etc.

You anti-gov. guys always want to go to the lowest common denominator to make your point. I think in this case, we're talking about good people who work hard and "Did all the right things" and find themselves unable to do minor house repair. As you say, we're in a recession and people have lost jobs

I pay plenty of tax and am happy to see it go for good causes. I have other government programs I complain about, we are a nation of complainers, but helping deserving individuals is a responsibility we should be proud to do.

Texans should be thanking people like Donna Johnson who have taken the time to take on a program such as this.
Saltpork
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July 18, 2011
laselva-

You, like so many folks of your ilk should take a refresher course in Economics at an adult education school and learn how to be a concerned, caring taxpayer again.

Jonsie, like so many of us, have more than enough compassion and concern for the truly needy, the disabled and our struggling senior citizens.

We have no compassion for those able but unwillingly to work. Those who game the system for Lonestar, TANF and subsidized public housing. Those who sell Lonestar groceries for a payment on 22 inch rims and low profile tires. Those who intimidate their Baby Momma's to give up the entitlements they receive for the child so Baby's Daddy can get another Tat, larger speakers a bigger amp, drugs, beer and a little change to impress the next potential Baby Momma.

Beyond the truly needy it is really about choices. Make bad choices, you want it bad you'll get it bad.
laselva
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July 18, 2011
Jonsie-

You, like so many folks do your ilk should take a refresher course in civics at an adult education school and learn how to be a concerned, caring American again.

Many seniors on fixed incomes would fit the profile for those who did everything right, but now find it difficult to pay for a $5,000 roof for instance. Some of the lovely folks who check your bags and help you carry items to your car, or work 40 plus hours a week at the local car wash or convenience store, or Walmart and live paycheck to paycheck might qualify for a septic tank or hot water heater.

What traumatic event in your life turned you into a complete uncaring idiot?
jonesie
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July 18, 2011
“This program targets individuals who do all the right things but don’t have the ability to repair their own homes.” WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

How can you do "all the right things" when you purchase a home and then not have the capabilities to pay to have it repaired? Who pays for this?---the ones that "did everything right and knew that a home needed repairs to keep it from falling down around them"