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Thursday, June 13, 2019 1:00 am

NewAllen Alliance grant sought

County to ask for $250,000 to aid homeowners

ROSA SALTER RODRIGUEZ | The Journal Gazette

Some residents of east Allen County municipalities might 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 doing general rehabilitation, fixing health and safety problems, adding accessibility features and lowering energy consumption.

The maximum award is $17,000, but some awards might be greater if homeowners are also eligible for weatherization awards. Individuals or families are eligible if household income is 80% or 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 will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Apple Orchard Room of the New Haven Community Center, 7500 Indiana 930 East.

Written comments also can 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