Rebuilding History: CHIP grant helps save Milstead home (Dec. 10, 2012)
After a three year process of applications, Rockdale County was recently awarded a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant that will help the community install long-needed water and drainage infrastructure in a forgotten corner of Milstead at Yellow and Grimes street.
The drainage situation is to the point where every heavy rain brings flooding to a local church, still water pools in the lower levels of many of the homes, which are mostly occupied by the elderly and fixed or lower income residents. A house fire was not able to be extinguished due to a lack of water pressure, said Commission Chairman Richard Oden. While drains, pipes and streets are being ripped up and repaired, the county will also work on the neighborhood’s parks, he said.
“This is going to be a model community,” said Oden.
In 2010, the county recieved $300,000 in Community Home Improvement Program to repair homes of the elderly, disabled, veterans, and low-income, including at least one resident on Yellow Street.