Local DCD invites residents to apply for funds for home rehab projects

The Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development invites Huntington County residents who satisfy certain qualifications to apply for grant money that would fund rehabilitation projects at their homes.

To qualify, a resident must either be disabled or age 55 or older. Applicants must also own their homes and make no more than 80 percent of the median Huntington County income.

Additionally, applicants must be willing to accept a forgivable loan and allow a lien to be placed on their home for up to three years.

Approved projects will pertain to repairs, weatherization, remediation of safety hazards and home modifications for Senior Citizens. The Department of Community Development (DCD) has a list that delineates eligible and ineligible projects.

There is a cap of $20,000 per project. DCD hopes to fund projects at a total of 20 homes.

While the county has not been awarded the grant yet, DCD Executive Director Mandy Woods says that gathering applicants in advance will bolster the county’s chances of receiving it. The county should know by fall, says Woods, if its application has been selected.

The grant is the Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Grant, which is through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

The deadline to apply for the grant is Monday, July 17. To apply, visit the DCD office, located in Room 204 of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.