Meeting slated June 17 for Austin homeowners applying for free rehab grants PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

People ages 55 and older or who are disabled and residing in owner-occupied homes in Austin are being encouraged to apply for free grants to improve their houses through the community’s new housing rehabilitation program.

A meeting to explain the Housing Repair and Improvement Program (HRIP) will be held at Austin City Hall on Wednesday, June 17, at 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served during the event, which is designed to be informative and help homeowners complete their applications for HRIP.

Staff of Administrative Resources association (ARa) will be available that afternoon to go over the details of the application forms and the documents that are required. Those attending are asked to bring as much as possible of the documents required for each application.

Application packets are available at the office of Austin Mayor Doug Campbell. They can be picked up between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Victoria Dake of ARa is the coordinator of Austin’s rehab program. Once homeowners look over the application form, they are welcome to call her toll-free at 1-800-889-3390 should they have trouble or questions when filling out the forms required.

As noted, applicants must be age 55 or older or be disabled. Homes must be single family dwellings and owned by the residents. An income guideline will be observed when enrolling homeowners for the program.

Participants in the program can receive new windows and doors, insulation, guttering, roofs and some electrical and plumbing work. Each enrolled home will be inspected and a worksheet will be created listing what repairs are needed. Owners will be consulted about the repairs and advised what the scope of work will be on each home.

“This program is for homeowners who need repairs on their homes but simply don’t have the money to do them. The city has participated in similar free grant programs in the past. We hope to be able to serve several families through HRIP and help make their homes better places in which to live,” stated Dake. Completed applications can be mailed to Dake at: Administrative Resources administration, 748 Franklin Street,Columbus, IN 47201, or faxed to her at 1-812-376-8857.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 09:21