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Applications now available to improve homes

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Those who would like to have work done on their home need to act quickly.

Applications are available at City Hall for the 2008 Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority's Homeownership Repair and Improvement Program.

"The program was a huge success last year," Brazil City Planning Administrator Michele Altman said. "It was our first year to participate in the program and we were able to make approximately $157,000 in repairs to 13 area homes with the grant."

The grant is directed toward low-income households and is used to create safe and energy efficient households for all residents in Brazil.

"The people who are the highest priority to receive assistance, other than low-income families, are the elderly and disabled," Altman said. "This money is not just for beautifications, it also goes toward fixing roofing, heating/cooling systems and building handicapped ramps."

The deadline to submit a pre-application for consideration is Aug. 1. To qualify, an applicant must be an owner-occupant of a house located in the incorporated area of Brazil.

While none of the homes which received assistance last year were mobile homes, they are not excluded. However, the applications states those who live in mobile homes must meet additional qualifications.

"Not everyone who applies gets picked for the program, but all applicants are considered," Altman said. "It was wonderful that Brazil could get the grant last year and we hope to help just as many, if not more, deserving homeowners."

Kenna Consulting and Management Group, Inc., Indianapolis, is once again assisting the city in the process.

Other eligible improvements include, but are not limited to: electrical and plumbing upgrades, windows, doors, siding, lead-based paint reduction and replacing hot water heaters.

"We even had some painting and carpeting/flooring put in with the grant money," Altman said. "Receiving this grant is a tremendous benefit to the community."

To pick up an application, stop by the Planning Office at City Hall, or for questions, contact Altman at 446-0050 or Annamaria Doddridge at Kenna Consulting by phone at 317-781-1651 or by e-mail at adoddridge@kennaconsulting.us.

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