More funding may soon come for further rehabilitation of homes in Brazil.
Brazil City Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens told The Brazil Times Friday applications are being sent out for the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Grant.
"The city has utilized this grant the past few years and we intend to keep applying for it until we exhaust our potential recipients," Gibbens said. "We will choose as many homes as we can with however much state funding we receive, but it has been between 9-12 homes the past few years."
Gibbens told The Times approximately 20 applications were sent out Friday to those who have been on the waiting list, but encourages those interested in obtaining funding to submit applications.
"There are many areas of criteria considered when deciding which homes should receive funding including income level, disabilities and if the home is owned by an elderly individual," she said. "Even though an applicant may not receive help this year, they will be on the list for an application next year to be considered again."
The grant, which is through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, places its rehabilitation focus on structural needs -- such as roofing and windows -- first, but other housing elements are considered.
"Some electrical work and replacement of water heaters and furnaces may be done as well," Gibbens said. "However, the grant will not cover cosmetic work, like painting, unless it is part of the structural work."
She added that however much the city would receive from the grant, a 10-percent match would be required from the city.
"The match can come from donations or a specific fund, but it does not have to necessarily have to be a money match," Gibbens told The Brazil Times. "We may also have city workers assist in the rehabilitation, which has been done in the past, as part of our local match."
Mayor Ann Bradshaw said she is happy to see the city be able to continue using this grant to improve homes.
"The grant may not be enough to rehabilitate a large number of homes, but by being able to apply for the grant each year, it puts the city in a great position to help residents on a consistent basis," Bradshaw said. "Every little bit helps, and hopefully can make a huge difference in the end."
Gibbens said the deadline to request an application is April 1, and they must be turned in by April 15.
"The hope is to turn in all the applications for grant consideration sometime in May," she said. "The grant administrator sends out the applications and must keep track of how many are sent, and how many are turned in."
To request a grant application, contact Gibbens at 446-0050, or Annamaria Doddridge or Gina Emmert at 317-781-1651. Questions about the program may also be e-mailed to Doddridge at email@example.com.
Gibbens said residents requesting an application would need to provide their name, address and phone number, which will be forwarded on to the grant administrator, who will send out an application, usually within two days of the request.
In order to apply for the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Grant, the residence must fall under the following income limits:
* One-person Household -- $31,100,
* Two-person Household -- $35,500,
* Three-person Household -- $39,950,
* Four-person Household -- $44,400,
* Five-person Household -- $47,950, and
* Six-person Household -- $51,500.
Brazil City Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens said the size of the household includes the number of children and there are income limits for homes with more than six individuals. For more information, contact Gibbens at 446-0050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.