Almost $2-Million Awarded For 9 Housing Projects Statewide - KHGI-TV/KWNB-TV/KHGI-CD-Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings

Almost $2-Million Awarded For 9 Housing Projects Statewide

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Lincoln-The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has awarded $1,959,564 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for nine owner-occupied rehab housing projects in southeast, northeast and southwest Nebraska.

Rehabilitation activities funded through this program also often include the repair or replacement of windows, doors and siding; roof repair or replacement; water heater, furnace, and AC replacement; installation of storm windows and insulation; repairs to walls, ceilings and floors; and accessibility modifications for persons with disabilities.

All homes that are to be rehabilitated are typically owned by people earning at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income: The projects to be funded by this grant include:

•The City of Ashland has received $256,992 to help rehabilitate eight owner-occupied homes in Ashland.  The program will provide assistance to overcome "deferred maintenance" in homes. For information contact Jessica Quady at 402-944-3387, or cityadmin@ashland.ne.com.

•The City of Auburn was awarded $224,868 to help rehabilitate seven owner-occupied homes in the City. Between 2005 and 2009, Auburn rehabilitated 26 homes, and more homes are in the need of rehabilitation.  For information, contact Sherry Heskett at 402-274-3420, or sherry@auburn.ne.gov.

•The City of Fairbury will use its $256,992 to rehabilitate eight owner-occupied homes in Fairbury. Following completion of the "Housing Market Study with Strategies for Affordable Housing" in May 2009, Fairbury rehabilitated nine homes of primarily single people, the elderly, and female homeowners on fixed incomes.  This project will continue to provide needed rehabilitation for additional units in the community. For information contact Sharyl Preston at 402-729-2476 or spreston@diodecom.net.

•Perkins County is getting $256,992 in CDBG funding to rehabilitate eight owner-occupied homes in the County. The County expects to leverage funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA RD) to offer up to $24,999 in rehab assistance per home. For information contact Rita Long at 308-352-4643, or clerk@perkins.nacone.org.

•The City of Peru has been awarded $224,868 in CDBG funds to rehabilitate seven owner-occupied homes in the City. A 2006 Housing Study indicated that 61 percent respondents indicated an owner-occupied rehabilitation program was needed. For information contact Cindy Moran at 402-872-6685 or peru_cityoffice@windstream.net.

•The City of Plainview has received $224,868 in CDBG funding to rehabilitate seven owner-occupied homes in Plainview. For information contact Michael Horton at 402-582-4928, or michaelh@plvtelco.net.

•The City of Plattsmouth is getting $224,868 in CDBG funding to rehabilitate seven owner-occupied homes. The City anticipates its continued partnership with the USDA RD Housing Services and Southeast Nebraska Community Action in providing homeowner services. For information, contact Ervin Portis at 402-296-2522, or eportis@plattsmouth.org.

•The Village of Stella will use its $128,496 CDBG funding to rehabilitate four owner-occupied homes in the Village. The Village's Comprehensive Plan indicated a need to rehabilitate up to 59 homes, and remove or replace an additional eight homes—a little more than half of all homes, about 115, in the Village.  For information contact Vicki Owings at 402-883-2428, or owings@sentco.net.

•The Village of Sutherland has been awarded $160,620 CDBG funding to rehabilitate five owner-occupied homes. Sutherland previously rehabilitated ten homes using CDBG funding in 1998. The Village expects to leverage funding through the USDA RD and offer up to $24,999 rehab assistance per home. For information contact Samantha Boggs at 308-386-4721, or clerkvos@gpcom.net.

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