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Pocatellans who need a little financial help to make repairs around their homes have a new avenue of getting some assistance.
Recently, the City of Pocatello Neighborhood and Community Services Division received the go-ahead from the City Council to establish Housing Rehabilitation Grants for low-and-moderate income homeowners in the Gate City. Funded through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the effort allows homeowners to take care of small residential repairs they otherwise may put off because of their current financial situation.
“It’s just like the saying, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’” said Adam Lane, CDBG Program Manager. “By getting these repairs completed before they develop into much larger problems, we can save time and resources later on. Additionally, this program lets us preemptively accomplish two of our goals: helping Pocatellans in need and the elimination of blight in the city.”
Residents must live within the Pocatello city limits and the maximum amount that can be requested is $3,000. Initially, $30,000 will be available through the program.
“Going forward, if this program is successful for the community, we may propose allocating additional dollars from the City’s Community Development Block Grant,” Lane said.
Grantees will have to meet eligibility requirements established by United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and City’s Neighborhood and Community Services Division. No more than one grant will be awarded per three-year period to an individual in the same house and funds cannot be used on the same activity more than once at the same property.
For more information on the Housing Rehabilitation Grants program, visit pocatello.us/DocumentCenter/View/3756. Interested residents who would like to apply can do so at pocatello.seamlessdocs.com/f/PDSHomeRepairGrant.
More on all the services and programs offered by the Neighborhood and Community Services Division can be found at pocatello.us/339/Neighborhood-Community-Services. Residents can also get more information by phone at 208-234-6186 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.