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June 11, 2014

City seeks input for housing grants

Area Five Agency selected as administrator

Organizers behind the pursuit of a state grant are seeking input from the public as they prepare to find a way to financially assist homeowners with repairs to their homes.

The grant is available through the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority’s Owner-Occupied Repair Program. Funds would be available to homeowners to carry out repairs and refurbishments on their own homes whose gross annual income does not exceed 80 percent of median family income for the geographic area published annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A maximum of $25,000 would be allotted per property and a 10 percent match would be required from the city.

Logansport Community Development Director Chris Armstrong said the grant is not intended to assist with cosmetic improvements, but rather ones that will enhance efficiency like heating, electric and repairing/replacing leaky roofs.

“I think a lot of people in the community are truly good stewards and they just need some help,”Armstrong said.

Members of the public are invited to a meeting at 10 a.m. Monday in the City Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 601 E. Broadway, to express their views on and ask questions regarding the housing needs in the city and the proposed rehabilitation project.

Armstrong went on to say this marks the fourth time the city has applied for such a grant and experienced success with the first three. Those grants allowed for a total of about $400,000 in improvements across 37 homes, she added.

Area Five Agency on Aging & Community Services was selected from a pool of two applicants as the grant administrator for the initiative. Armstrong said applicants participated in the selection process by supplying resumes of key personnel that would be assigned to the project, a narrative of the firms’ interests and qualifications, descriptions of other projects completed in the past, examples of knowledge and expertise and bid prices to perform the required services.

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