Recovery Office celebrates opening of post-Irene housing in Barre
An historic, but dilapidated structure in downtown Barre will see new life as a 5-unit residential apartment complex thanks to FEMA’s Multi-Family Repair Program (MFRP). MFRP finances the renovation of existing structures to provide transitional housing for disaster survivors.
“Today we are marking another milestone on the road to recovery from Tropical Storm Irene”, said Irene Recovery Officer, Sue Minter. “This beautiful building has been renovated with FEMA funds and is now home to five households displaced by Irene. This project is the first of its kind in New England and a great example of how innovative thinking can serve an immediate need and help make us stronger in the long term.”
“First and foremost, this project is providing homes to five families in immediate need,” said Deputy Commissioner of Economic, Housing and Community Development, Jennifer Hollar. “But it is also saving an historic structure, providing jobs in the community and building a long-term housing asset that will provide lasting benefits to Vermonters.”
Officials from the City of Barre, State of Vermont and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as congressional representatives, toured the restored apartment building that was renovated using almost $70,000 of federal money in exchange for providing housing for disaster survivors.
The owners of the property used in the MFRP agree to make the repaired rental units solely available to FEMA-identified disaster survivors for up to 18 months from the date of the disaster declaration.
This represents a second reprieve for the historic building on South Main Street. Slated for demolition to make way for a new post office, it was moved to its current site where it has been in a state of disrepair for some time.
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