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Janesville Walworth County Week Newspaper Archives Jun 3 1990, Page 1

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Janesville Walworth County Week (Newspaper) - June 3, 1990, Janesville, Wisconsin Walworth county serving All of Walworth county week sunday june 3, 1990 our 12th Yea existence of need becomes housing Issue self help program Elkhorn Walworth county has no major housing need for Low or moderate income families if the Farmers Home administration Omha is Correct in its assessment Here. However business and Industrial leaders cite problems faced by their employees to find suitable housing. That Issue emerged during an Elkhorn commercial development corp. Edc luncheon meeting May 25 which featured a look at a self help housing program. The Southeastern Wisconsin housing corporation Senho uses a a sweat equity plan to help families with starter housing but May be Cut Back on the number of Federal starts allowed this year. Under the present two year Federal contract be who should be Able to build 12 More houses in the county by nov. 2 As part of the 32 allocated but it now appears that the number wont be reached due to a Lack of eligible applicants noted Amy Gonzales. The be who executive director thinks there Are eligible families but May be having problems getting the right information a dozen members Learned at the Edc meeting called by chairman Bonnie Morrow. A couple of business people Felt the same Way relating they had known a few people who had gone to apply but seemed to receive conflicting information As to applying and eligibility. Gonzales indicated a Quot catch 22�?� situation exists with applicants not encouraged much by Farmers Home officials. She suggested it May have something to do with an extensive staff turnover in the past three years in the local Omha office in Elkhorn. The result is the likelihood be who will not meet its contract obligations. Failure to reach the 32-Home target will definitely Lead to close scrutiny by the District Omha office in Madison forfeiture Homes according to Peggy Jones. The District loan technician suggested the recruiting has exhausted the Market and that could leave future housing construction less Cost effective due to subsidized supervision and help. As for application review Jones stated it takes Only 30 Days to make a determination and then the turnaround time of five Days in almost every instance which she called excellent. Jones also figured the self help Agency does have a High profile in the county and realtors seem to know about it. She indicated there was a Good relationship Between the Agency Omha and the realtors. In assessing the situation Jones said a if people Are there we re ready to Gonzales told her audience that if they have families turn to Page 7helpers with firehouse cited at dedication by Herb Moering Walworth a number of persons and organizations involved in making possible a the Little House that could. Save your life were recognized during the dedication of the Mobile safety teaching facility which was part of an open House at the fire station Here. Tom Hausner a member of the Walworth fire department and co chairman of the Little firehouse project took the Opportunity of Community health and safety Day to note All the help Given. Because so Many were generous with donations the drive exceeded the $7,000 goal and it was possible to Purchase a 1988 i ton pickup truck that will be used for towing the trailer on which the House was constructed. Hausner who explained the history of the eight month project really wanted to recognize everyone but initially settled for a a very warm and Heartfelt thanks to All who contributed. However there were a series of plaques that were presented moments later. Included among those main attention during the Community health and safety the far Corner explained what made the training facility so Day in Walworth May 20 was reserved for the dedication of important in fire prevention. Turn to Page 12_ the Little firehouse for children. Tom Hausner standing at

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