The Community Development and Improvement Corporation of Aiken is able to provide more help to elderly citizens and disabled individuals needing emergency home repairs after recently receiving a $5,000 grant.

People with low to moderate incomes will be eligible to receive the money.

“We are ecstatic; we feel good about it,” said Tammi Banks, housing development manager for the CDIC. “Any help is good when it comes to serving the citizens here in Aiken County and throughout South Carolina. Every little bit helps.”

The CDIC grant was among the 12 approved by the South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporation to its member organizations across the state. The funds approved totaled $100,000.

“Twenty-four organizations submitted more than $333,000 in requests for the available $100,000 in grant funding,” said Bernie Mazyck, president and CEO of the S.C. Association of Community Development in a press release. “These Community Impact Fund grants provide resources for activities that generate jobs, promote home-buyer education and provide other wealth-creation benefits for low-income residents of South Carolina. While these projects will benefit communities across South Carolina, more resources are needed to improve the quality of life for our low-income residents.”

The money received by the CDIC in Aiken will be used to supplement other state funds used to repair homes, according to Banks.

For example, if the Development and Improvement Corporation receives money to repair a leaking roof from another source and the amount is not enough to cover the cost, the organization could “put in” some of funds from the state association grant to complete the work, Banks said.

The CDIC repair program is designed to improve residences with health, safety and structural issues.

“We are committed to helping individuals who have low incomes or fixed incomes so they can live in a safer environment,” Banks said. “If people want to know more about the program or think they know someone who would be interested in the program, talk to us and we'll answer any questions they may have.”

Banks can be reached by calling 663-6848.