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Western Ky. relief fund to provide homes for families impacted by Dec. tornadoes

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MAYFIELD, Ky. (KT) - Gov. Andy Beshear joined local officials in Mayfield on Tuesday to announce that $16 million from the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund will help provide up to 300 homes for families that lost their homes during the December 10-11 tornado outbreak.

Working with the state's Public Protection Cabinet, which administers the Fund, nonprofit groups Habitat for Humanity, Homes and Hope for Kentucky and The Fuller Center for Housing submitted proposals to help build up to 100 homes each. Homes can be built in the 13 counties that were eligible for individual and household assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

They are Caldwell, Christian, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Marshall, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Taylor and Warren counties.

"The exciting new partnerships we are announcing today are really going to help our Western Kentucky families," said Beshear. "If your home was lost in the devastating tornadoes five months ago, we are creating a real path for replacement through the donations to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund and the efforts of these nonprofit organizations."

Habitat for Humanity has agreed to administer $4 million to help with down payment assistance for the mortgage on a home. Habitat hopes to build 10 homes in Bowling Green and 10 in Dawson Springs by the end of the year, along with 30 new homes in Bowling Green and 50 new homes in the Pennryile area by the end of 2023.

"Kentucky Habitat for Humanity is so very humbled by the magnitude of this support and the generosity of people from across the world that chose to support Kentuckians in their time of great need," said Mary Shearer, executive director of Kentucky Habitat for Humanity.

The Fuller Center for Housing has agreed to administer $4 million to help with down payment assistance for mortgages on up to 100 homes. Fuller Center hopes to build 11 homes in Graves County and has indicated its willingness to expand to other counties.

"The Mayfield/Graves Fuller Center for Housing is committed to bringing back Mayfield, restoring families and providing affordable housing to assist those who have been severely impacted by the devastating tornadoes," stated Dave Wright, board chair of the Mayfield-Graves Fuller Center for Housing.

Homes and Hope for Kentucky has agreed to administer $8 million to pay for materials to construct homes. Homes and Hope, partnering with Mennonite Disaster Services and Amish groups in the region to build and repair homes without labor costs, is expected to fund up to 100 homes. The group currently has 15 houses under construction in Graves County.

In addition to the homes and businesses that were destroyed, the tornadoes killed nearly 80 people.

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