Tell City awarded $350,000 for housing rehab

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TELL CITY – Tell City has been awarded a $350,000 grant that will allow residents to rehabilitate their homes. Grants were announced Friday by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

"Tell City is extremely pleased to be awarded a $350,000 Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority,” Mayor Barbara Ewing said. “These dollars will allow qualified home owners to address much needed repairs to their homes here in the Tell City community.  So many citizens have contacted the city, in anticipation of this housing award and will be pleased with this opportunity. Keeping people in their homes and improving their quality of life is what this grant is all about.”

The city council voted earlier in the year to begin the process of applying for the Community Development Block Grant administered through IHCDA.

Tell City has a successful track record of applying for housing rehab funding, with several previous rounds used to make a variety of repairs and to make homes more energy efficient.

Tony Pappano of the grant-administration firm Insight 2000, which has led the city’s housing rehab projects in the past, prepared the most recent application. He also assisted the city of Rockport, which was also awarded a $350,000 grant.

As with previous grants, money used to make repairs and improvements would likely be treated as forgivable loans and would not have to be repaid if the owner continues to live in the residence.

Applicants have to live in their homes and will have to meet income guidelines and other program requirements.

For more information on the grants or to obtain information on how to apply, contact the mayor’s office at (812) 547-5511.