Indiana continues to work towards improving the safety of Hoosiers as well as raising the quality of life for all its residents. In order to do so, we must maintain the current housing stock in our communities and make sure those residents are in homes that are safe and easily accessible. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) helps to ensure we preserve Indiana’s housing through partnerships and grants.
Recently, the IHCDA awarded more than $3 million in grants to 12 cities for the development and implementation of Owner Occupied Rehabilitation projects. These funds help low to moderate income homeowners make much needed repairs. Preference of the grant was given to seniors, families with seniors and persons with disabilities.
I am pleased to see that Tell City was one of the municipalities awarded with a $350,000 grant to help 15 homeowners. Repairs could include fixing an inoperable or faulty furnace, a leaking roof, electrical wiring, plumbing as well as reducing lead-based paint and mold in the home. Improving the quality life of Hoosiers who already reside in our community will always remain a top priority
The money used toward repairs and improvements would be considered a forgivable loan and would not require repayment if the owner continues to live in the residence. Tell City has a successful track record of applying for housing rehab funding, with several previous grants used toward making homes more energy efficient.
This grant will allow the community to partner with public and private entities to make the needed maintenance repairs. The grant application was conducted by the grant administration firm Insight 2000.
Grant applicants must live in their homes, meet income requirements and follow other program guidelines. If you have any questions about the grant, please visit www.in.gov/ihcda or contact the mayor’s office at (812) 547-5511.
Being able to repair heating and cooling systems, insulation and even roofing for homeowners will significantly benefit and improve the quality of life for these Hoosier families in our community.
Rep. Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.