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Our mission is to "maintain a statewide agency for the purpose of promoting the interest and general welfare of local county government through a variety of communication tools; to represent county government before the West Virginia Legislature, administrative agencies, and the federal government; to educate the public about the value and need for county programs and services; and to facilitate the exchange of problems, ideas and solutions among county officials."

The West Virginia Property Rescue Initiative, formerly known as the Demolition Program, mandates that the Fund allocate an additional $1 million per fiscal year over the next five years for a revolving loan program available to counties and municipalities that want to rid their communities of blighted, dangerous properties.

Key points about the program include:

-       The maximum loan amount for any one entity is $250,000 per fiscal year.

-       Loans may be made for periods of up to seven years.

-       Payments will be due over the life of the loan.

-       Payments may be deferred over the first two years of the loan.

-       No interest accrues during the first two years of the loan.

For more information, contact Erica Bogges at 304-391-8637

The program provides cities and counties with resources to acquire and/or remove dilapidated properties from their communities. To be eligible, cities and counties must have the authority to acquire and/or demolish the property, and the structures to be razed must constitute a health and safety hazard. Assistance is provided in the form of a loan repayable over a maximum term of seven years.

“Outside of drugs and crime, what I hear from my constituents about most often is abandoned, dilapidated property,” Guthrie said. “With this program we can do so much to improve our communities and put this property to the best use. “

Erica Boggess, the Fund’s Acting Executive Director, noted the input from these groups was vital in making the program more accessible.

“We are excited about expanding this program and we know it will have a positive, lasting impact on these communities,” Boggess said.

When appropriate, the Fund will provide technical assistance, training and consulting services to counties and municipalities regarding the identification, purchase, removal and rehabilitation of properties.

Guthrie noted that outside of a few cities and towns, most local governments do not have the resources to do what it takes to raze these blighted, dilapidated structures.

“The Fund offering technical assistance could be a real game changer for many of these communities,” she said.

Gerald said when her office is alerted to a problem structure, they send out inspectors to look over the property. They then take their findings to the County Commission, who has the final say on what happens to the building.

She noted they often work with the property owner and have received no complaints about the county’s role in the process.

“We’ve had nothing but positive feedback,” Gerald said.

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