Grant helps applicants 'get repairs done free'


HUNTINGBURG — The city is seeking residents to apply for a state-funded home rehabillitation program.

Approved applicants will get repairs done free of charge.

City officials plan to apply for a $350,000 grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. But they must first identify homes and the repairs that will be done to them.

Low-to-moderate-income residents who need to make repairs on their homes are encouraged to apply, especially those who may not be able to afford the repairs.

Southern Indiana Development Commission, local administrator of the program, will take applications from homeowners from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Teen Outback, 507 N. Main St.

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

Those planning to submit an application must bring with them a copy of the property’s recorded deed and proof of property insurance. If applicable, they will also need to bring a copy of their 2017 state and federal income tax returns, and a statement from Social Security and/or SSI income.

Applicants must own and be living in the house. Contract sales and single-wide trailers are not eligible, and the property cannot be located in the 100-yar floodplain. The home’s property taxes must be current, and property must be covered by homeowners’ insurance, though the program might be able to work with them if they don’t have insurance because of things that need to be repaired on the home.

Any homeowner within the city limits can apply. Assistance will be based on household size and income. Those wanting to know more about those guidelines can contact Southern Indiana Development Commission at 812-295-3707.

An inspection of the home will be done, and the wishes of the homeowner will be considered in determining what needs to be repaired.

The homes must be identified before the overall application for the grant is sent to the state.

The City of Huntingburg’s application for the program is due to the state by Dec. 17. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority will announce the awards in March.

If the state approves the city’s application, the common council would hire contractors to make the repairs. The Southern Indiana Development Commission would be the liaison between the contractor and homeowners.

The $350,000 would cover about 14 houses, depending on the amount of repairs needed to each home; the most that can be spent on one house is $25,000. The city is looking to make 20 percent of the homes repaired in the program belong to people who are disabled.

Information about the rehabilitation program can be directed to the Southern Indiana Development Commission or to Huntingburg City Hall, 812-683-2211. 

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