Grants awarded for low-income housing repairs |

Grants awarded for low-income housing repairs

Low income families will get the financial help they need to fix their roofs and foundations while the Grass Valley Veteran’s Building will get the facelift it needs thanks to state funding recently awarded to the county.

The county will receive $500,000 in Proposition 1C Housing Bond Funds from the state. The money will be used to replace foundation, roofs, siding, doors, heating systems and any renovation done for health and safety reasons, said Nina Bigley, Program Manager for the county’s Community Development Agency.

The money comes in as a grant to the county and is loaned to the homeowner. Payment is deferred for 15 years after which a three percent simple interest is applied to the loan.

The county can loan up to $60,000 per applicant, but generally averages $20,000 to $40,000, Bigley said.

The California Department of Housing and Community Development awarded the county $57,008 in Proposition 46 Housing Bond funds, also known as Workforce Housing Reward Program funds.

The money will be used to update the Veteran’s Building.

“The Board of Supervisors have decided a lot of people get use out of the Veterans Building,” Bigley said.

The Workforce Housing Reward program funds are a “reward” to the community and based on the number of building permits issued for single-family homes to low-income homeowners. Last year, 15 permits were issued.

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