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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 2:46 pm

Hearing set for Community Development Block Grant

ROSA SALTER RODRIGUEZ | The Journal Gazette

Some residents of eastern Allen County municipalities may become eligible for financial help to fix up their homes if officials win a state grant. 

The county commissioners have scheduled a public hearing for Wednesday as part of applying for a $250,000 grant from the state's Community Development Block Grant Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program. 

The grants would go to low- and moderate-income homeowners in the NewAllen Alliance communities of Grabill, Harlan, Hoagland, Leo-Cedarville, Monroeville, New Haven and Woodburn. Money can be used for general rehabilitation, fixing health and safety problems, adding accessibility features and lowering energy consumption. 

The grant's maximum award is $17,000, but some awards may be greater if the homeowner is also eligible for weatherization awards. Individuals or families are eligible if household income is 80% of less of Allen County's median income. 

For a single individual that figure is $36,700. The figure for families depends on family size. 

The hearing is at 11:30 a.m. at the Apple Orchard Room of the New Haven Community Center, 7500 Indiana 930 East. 

Written comments also may be submitted to Brightpoint, 227 E. Washington Blvd. The plan, including information about assistance should rehabilitation require a homeowner and family leave a home for a time, is available at the Brightpoint office. 

The grants are part of the money made available because of the Stellar Communities designation the NewAllen Alliance received last year. 

More information is available by calling Monica Woods from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 260-399-4116. 

rsalter@jg.net