The Appling County Commissioners recently attended a ceremony in Savannah to receive a large check that will help in the construction of a new Concerted Services/Head Start Building to be located in Baxley.
The county had applied for and has now received a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The funding for the grant program comes through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Shown are Commissioner Ronnie Rentz, Commissioner Chairman Lewis Parker, Commissioners Theodore Wilkerson, Sarah Boatright, Daryl Edwards and Charlie Leggett holding the $500,000.00 grant check. The description of the grant approval states that the county proposes a new 13,417 square foot Head Start/Senior Center to be located on county property.
The project will serve 1,535 persons of whom 1,531 are low to moderate income. Voters also approved to fund a portion of the construction of the new facility through the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The total project will cost in the neighborhood of $1,000,000.00. In 2013 Georgia communities will receive a total of $37.5 million through the CDBG Program to help areas across the state with economic and community development projects.