County lands grants to fix up homes, veterans hall
Low-income families will get the financial help they need to fix their roofs and foundations, while the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building will get the facelift it needs, both thanks to state funding recently awarded to the county.
The county will receive $500,000 in Proposition 1C Housing Bond Funds from the state.
“This is the first time we have received it since 2001 so we were very excited,” said Nina Bigley, program manager for the county’s Community Development Agency. She said the competition is stiff for the grant and requires an examination of housing density, income and poverty levels.
“When you look at Nevada County, our statistics are much better than in the Central Valley,” Bigley said.
The money will be used to replace foundations, roofs, siding, doors, heating systems and any renovation done for health and safety reasons, Bigley said.
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.
For the veterans building, 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 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, Bigley said. Last year, 15 permits were issued.
To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4231.
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