City awarded $350K grant for home repairs

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG — The City of Huntingburg has been awarded a $350,000 grant that will be used to make repairs to some residents’ homes.

Residents who signed up last year for the repairs program through the Southern Indiana Development Commission will soon hear about the next steps in getting those repairs done.

Huntingburg was one of nine applicants awarded funds through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program. The authority board approved the $2.56 million in funding at its Feb. 28 meeting, and alerted communities in March.

With that, the Huntingburg Common Council started Tuesday evening the process of appropriating $39,000 that will be added to the grant funding. As part of the application, the council agreed in November to provide a match, which will be used for repairs. The appropriation is expected to receive final approval at the council’s April 9 meeting.

The goal of the Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program is to give homeowners financial assistance to make needed repairs to their homes. The Southern Indiana Development Commission is the administrator of Huntingburg’s program, which has targeted low-income households. About 20 homeowners have applied.

Repairs that qualify are those that are done for health and safety reasons, such as electrical, roofing, siding and heating/ventilation/air conditioning work; outdoor ramps and accessible bathrooms have also been installed through the program.

The maximum amount that can be spent on repairing a home is $25,000. The average amount that tends to be spent on the home has been between $18,000 and $23,000, depending on the extent of the repairs, Jenny Dearwester of the Southern Indiana Development Commission has said previously.

Now that the city has received the funding, Dearwester will attend the council’s April 9 meeting to discuss the next steps in the process. That meeting is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 508 E. Fourth St.




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