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Village moves forward with Owner Occupied Housing Rehab grant application PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 July 2015 21:57

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze

The Village of Wauneta moved forward with a new Community Development Block Grant application to the USDA with the hopes of securing funds to provide another round of Owner Occupied Rehabilitation in Wauneta.

The Village held a public hearing last Tuesday to seek public opinion regarding the application. No public residents attended the hearing.

The grant proposal, written by Southwest Nebraska Community Betterment Corporation (SWNCBC) of Grant, requests funds to rehabilitate six homes. The $186,000 grant, if funded, will provide up to $25,000 of forgivable rehabilitation funds per home.

The terms were changed slightly for this grant application, which states the Village will place a lien on the homes rehabilitated until the grant terms are satisfied. It will also require funded homeowners to carry home owners insurance for 10 years after the project is completed, if selected for the program.

The Village board also reviewed proposals for housing administration and general administration services under the proposed grant.

The only proposals received after publication were from SWNCBC. The board voted to hire SWNCBC for both administration positions.

The board also voted to provide $4,650 in matching funds toward the program, if the grant is funded. However, it is possible the Village’s matching funds may increase if the grant is funded and other agencies are not able to provide matching funds.