Funding from the HOME grant has made it possible to undertake the rehabilitation of eight owner-occupied properties to date with three additional properties in process. These grants are available to low/moderate income owner occupied units and are processed as long as funding is available. The OECD staff continues to take applications for anyone interested or in need of more extensive housing repairs in the 2nd Ward-NPP area.
In addition to seeking housing rehabilitation assistance for low/moderate income homeowners, the 2nd Ward NPP is accepting and processing applications for the facade improvement program. The 2nd Ward-NPP is providing a matching grant of up $10,000 to qualified property owners who are addressing exterior code conditions that contribute to blight in the SWN. Facade improvement grants are available to anyone with property within the designated area providing they are current on all taxes and utilities and can provide proper documentation of ownership and current property insurance. To date we have completed 14 facade improvement projects totaling over $207,000 of improvements that had more than a 50% match in private investment. The waiting list currently has eight applicants requesting funding for 2016. We are taking applications on a rolling basis and will be completing projects as weather and funding permits. The grant funding of $20,000 will allow us to complete four more projects at a minimum. Facade projects improve the exterior conditions and help to preserve the 2nd Ward Neighborhood’s housing stock by addressing property maintenance issues.