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More money available for home repair

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

Another $140,000 approved

PERRY COUNTY - Perry County is getting an additional $140,000 in home-repair grant funding, Tony Pappano announced Thursday, saying again while he appreciates the money, it's another "drop in the bucket."

He expected to notify the county commissioners at their regular meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. today in the county courthouse.

The owner of a company called Insight 2000, Pappano has secured numerous grants from the federal Housing and Urban Development agency over nearly four years. In November, he put the total received thus far at $1.2 million. Administered through Indiana's Housing and Community Development Authority, the funds go to people who need to make repairs to their homes but can't afford to.

Pappano requested $300,000 in the latest round of funding, but said $150,000 was the maximum amount awarded in a very competitive program.

The $140,000 "doesn't even scratch the surface" of the problem in Perry County, Pappano said, adding officials running the program "are finding out the need is so great statewide. At least it keeps us in their funding cycle." The latest grant could fund work at 10 to 15 homes, he said.

Cannelton is included in this round, although Pappano expressed concern in the past its historic district could have rules that might complicate work performed there.

Pappano has been securing the funding for Tell City for several years, then worked with county commissioners last year to expand the program countywide.

A waiting list of people hoping to benefit contains about 60 names, but he encouraged anyone else who needs the assistance to apply.

Applications are available in the commissioners office in the courthouse and at Lincoln Hills Development Corp., 302 Main St., in Tell City. Anyone unable to visit those locations can call 547-2073.