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Vicksburg woman gets grant to fix childhood home

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VICKSBURG, Miss. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Irma Davis, 79, has lived most of her life in the house in Vicksburg, Mississippi, that her father bought in 1954. Now 60 years later, the house was falling apart before her eyes.

"I lived in this house until I got married," said Ms. Davis. "Five years later, I moved back with my two children, and I have been here ever since. I worked as a nursing assistant and raised my children on my own. After I got sick I couldn't work anymore. My house always had problems, but by the time I paid for one repair, something else went wrong."

Living on a fixed income, Ms. Davis didn't have the financial resources to make all of the repairs to make her home safe. The front porch stairs were damaged by storms, and there was significant water damage around the front window. Ms. Davis was worried that the window was going to fall out of the wall.

Ms. Davis heard about the Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP) from the city of Vicksburg. The city works with Trustmark National Bank, a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, to utilize SNAP grants. SNAP is offered through its member institutions, like Trustmark, to provide grants to assist income-qualified, special needs homeowners with necessary home repairs and modifications.

Ms. Davis met with Leona Barnes-Stringer, housing coordinator for the city of Vicksburg, who assisted her with the application process.

Ms. Davis received a $5,000 SNAP grant to make the repairs on her home.

Since SNAP's inception in 2009, more than $7.3 million in grants have been awarded through FHLB Dallas member institutions to assist 1,464 families throughout FHLB Dallas' five-state District of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Texas.

FHLB Dallas recently announced it would make available to members another $850,000 in SNAP funds beginning July 1, bringing the total allocation of 2014 to $1.85 million. To learn more about SNAP and other FHLB Dallas programs, visit

Ms. Davis is so grateful for the repairs to her house.

"Everyone involved was so very kind," said Ms. Davis. "They fixed my front porch steps, the window, and the walls. I couldn't be happier."

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