A few lucky Brazil homeowners could receive state money for home improvements, according to City Plan Administrator Brandy Means.
Means' office is now offering pre-applications for a round of Homeowner Repair and Improvement Grants, available through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to help remedy the nagging concerns that plague homeowners on a budget.
"It addresses these problems that continually build up-- a leaky roof or faucet, a hot water heater that only works half the time-- and helps the owner feel that they can achieve all the improvements they need," Means said.
The program will likely allow for grants to 18-20 homeowners in a participating unit of local government, according to a City of Brazil press release announcing the initiative.
The subsidy cannot exceed $15,000, and is subject to the condition that the homeowner maintain the home as his primary residence for the term of a two to three year "affordability commitment," the release stated.
The projected average grant amount is $11,000.
Applicants must own and occupy a home within the City of Brazil and meet requirements related to income and other criteria, Means said.
The selection process affords preference to very-low income residents (an income of $32,100 or less for a family of four), female heads of household and the elderly and disabled.
Among the repairs eligible for subsidies are roofs, furnaces, central air, hot water heaters, handicapped accessibility features, electrical upgrades, plumbing upgrades, windows, doors, siding, lead-based paint hazard reduction, according to the release.
Applications for Homeowner Repair and Improvement Grants will be accepted as early as August 2006. Pre-applications are available at Brazil City Hall, or by calling Angie Pappano of Kenna Consulting and Management Group, the firm that will administrate the grants, at (317)781-1651.