The City of Lock Haven may be awarded a $500,000 housing rehabilitation grant early next year, and city residents are encouraged to apply now to get on the waiting list to receive no-cost home repairs. Local general contractors will perform the work.
Homeowners may be eligible to receive up to $65,000 in home improvements.
Eligible repairs include structural, roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating/furnace, window replacement, radon and lead-based paint mitigation, and energy-related improvements. Also included are modifications for mobility-impaired residents. There is no cost to homeowners who maintain home residency over a five-year period from the date of signing.
Homeowners can go through the process hassle-free with SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) managing it from start to finish, said Teri Provost, director of the agency’s Housing Rehabilitation program.
“We manage the process on behalf of the homeowner so they don’t have to worry about it, including obtaining the contractor and seeing the project through to completion,” Provost said.
SEDA-COG manages and administers the program on behalf of the city; the city is the grant applicant, pursuing the funds on behalf of its residents.
This also presents an opportunity for general contractors who want to perform housing rehabilitation work in the area.
“COVID-19 has hit everyone hard, and our housing rehabilitation program helps both residents and the local workforce by providing no-cost home repairs from local contractors. This puts money directly back into people’s wallets and helps rebuild our economy,” Provost said.
Benefits to contractors include timely payments, year-round work, and multiple work locations/flexibility. Housing rehabilitation bids typically range from $20,000 to $65,000.
Interested homeowners may contact SEDA-COG’s Stacy Anderson to join the wait list at 800-326-9310 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contractors may contact SEDA-COG’s Danielle King at 570-524-4491 ext. 7325 or email@example.com.
- · Own the home or have Life Rights to live in it;
- · Meet income qualifications based on household size;
- · Be current on local taxes and municipal utility bills;
- · Provide proof of homeowner’s insurance;
- · Live in the home an additional five years.
Additional requirements may apply.
Annual Gross Income Limits:
Family size: 1 – $35,400; 2 – $40,450; 3 – $45,500; 4 – $50,550; 5 – $54,600; 6 – $58,650; 7 – $62,700; 8 – $66,750.