Lenoir City Council was recognized last Tuesday (January 4) for the City’s involvement in the Unifour Consortium HOME Program. Three councilmembers were also recognized for participating in the recent Foothills Veterans Winter Stand Down.
Anthony Starr, Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) Executive Director, presented Council with the Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award for the HOME Program. The award is given by the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and honors NADO members for their creative approaches to advancing regional economic development and improved quality of life.
The HOME program provided down payment assistance to 3,000 first time home buyers and assisted with the development of 1,225 affordable rental units, including 380 for seniors, throughout the region. Click the following link for more information about the Down-payment Assistance Program.
In June of 1995, all twenty-eight (28) local governments in the four county area (Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba) agreed to form the Unifour Consortium HOME Program. The City of Lenoir serves as the Lead Entity for the Unifour Consortium, which receives grant money from HUD. The purpose of the Unifour Consortium is to plan and carry out regional housing activities to benefit low-income beneficiaries.
After the award presentation, Stanley McCormick, Foothills Veterans Stand Down Co-Chairman, and City of Lenoir Human Resources Manager Crystal Smith presented Mayor Gibbons, Mayor Pro Tem Crissy Thomas and Councilman David Stevens with a certificate of appreciation for assisting during the Veterans Stand Down event on November 10, 2021, at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.