The city of Scottsbluff is attempting to secure funding for the rehabilitation of owner-occupied housing.
The city, in partnership with the Panhandle Area Development District, will apply for a $ 732,500 community development block grant designed to help low- and middle-income owner-occupied families with necessary repairs. Morrill is also expected to apply for funding.
PADD executive director Bryan Venable said the project can provide up to $ 25,000 to bring the home to minimum living standards and can include repairs such as new roofs, windows and ovens or address safety issues such as electrical or plumbing.
“It’s a pretty large potential project that could have a big impact,” Venable said. “There are many opportunities and needs for a project like this.”
Venable stressed that the project would cost the city nothing. The funding is 100% federal grants from housing and urban development distributed in Nebraska through the state’s Department of Economic Development.
The $ 732,500 required would be enough to finance 25 homes. Over 40 pre-applications have been received so far. These questions will go through a more thorough process to determine eligibility for the program.
“The house must be determined to be financially reasonable for rehabilitation,” Venable said. “The cost of rehabilitation cannot exceed $ 25,000 and must bring it to the minimum standard. So if we fail to achieve this, the home is not feasible for rehabilitation. … We will try to refer them to other programs or other opportunities to help in those situations. We are limited, we cannot choose and make an item at home if we fail to bring it to what DED says is the minimum standard. “