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Housing board approves participation in ‘Safety Partners’

The Elizabethton Housing and Development Agency’s board voted Tuesday to take part in a grant program that could make being safe a lot less expensive.
The Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management Pool offers a “Safety Partners” Loss Contol Matching Grant Program, which reimburses agencies for buying safety-related items.
“We replaced all of our fire extinguishers, and we bought a security detector for when you come through the office and need to be scanned,” said Kelly Geagley, Executive Director of Elizabethton Housing and Development Agency. “We have already purchased those items, so if we are successful in the grant, we will be reimbursed.”
Geagley noted the grant would reimburse the agency up to $1,000 for its purchases.
The agency must approve participation in the program each year.
Also during the meeting, Geagley presented his July 2014 Director’s Report, which shows there are 88 individuals on the waiting list for public housing, while 139 individuals are the waiting list for Section Eight housing. The report also noted that no resident was evicted due to criminal activity last month. Last year, 11 leases were terminated due to criminal activity, the report said, but only three have been terminated this year.
Geagley also reported that the maintenance department has prepared eight units for leasing since June 18.