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Grant available to homeowners

Washington-Morgan Community Action recently received a $100,000 grant to help local homeowners with critical home repairs.

The offices of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced the organization would receive a Housing Preservation Grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help low-income homeowners with repairs, including the removal of “health and safety issues.”

This grant will benefit 10 households in the two counties.

“Ohioans shouldn’t have to choose between critical home repairs or buying groceries,” Brown said in a press release. “This grant will help families in Washington and Morgan counties get the resources they need to keep their homes safe.”

The press release states these funds are a part of the USDA’s Housing Preservation Grant Program, which provides aid to repair or restore housing that is owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens.

Eligible grant recipients include rural areas and towns with 20,000 or fewer people as well as federally recognized tribal lands.

David Brightbill, Community Action executive director, said the money won’t be used for cosmetic repairs on the homes.

“(The health and safety issues) are the traditional things like bad wiring, a leaking furnace or roof or accessibility issues like ramps,” he said. “We often use (grants like this) in conjunction with other housing programs we have.”

He said they have two or three programs available for home repairs, particularly with furnaces and heating units.

Brightbill said the people who will benefit from the grant either applied or were referred to Community Action by people they work with.

“We put out information, plus word of mouth is probably the best advertisement,” he said of the various programs.

He said to qualify for a grant like this, the family has to make 50% of the area median income, which works out to about $33,000 for a family of four.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at

mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance

¯ Washington-Morgan Community Action received a $100,000 grant.

¯ The grant will help low-income homeowners with critical home repairs.

¯ The funds will benefit 10 houses in Washington and Morgan counties.

Source: Washington Morgan Community Action.

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