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City Accepting Pre-Applications for CDBG Housing Rehab Program

By Staff | Apr 20, 2021

The City of Emmetsburg is seeking pre-applications from homeowners interested in participating in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) home rehabilitation program.

The city, with the assistance of Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission (NWIPDC), is gauging the level of homeowner interest in housing rehabilitation assistance in order to determine if an application should be submitted to the Iowa Economic Development Authority for the CDBG housing program. If awarded, the program would provide funding for income-qualified homeowners to help bring their homes up to “Iowa’s Minimum Housing Rehabilitation Standards”. This may include work items such as insulation, lighting, electrical, furnaces, water heaters, siding, windows, doors, roofing, gutters, foundation, etc. Owner occupied rehabilitation is focused on three areas of improvement: energy efficiency, exterior improvements, and the removal of architectural barriers to allow aging in home. The maximum award is $24,999 per housing unit for materials and labor, plus lead hazard reduction and technical services.

These programs are funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant and must primarily benefit low- and moderate-income individuals. All eligible applicants must be existing homeowners with a household income below 80 percent of the Area Median Income Limits:

• 1 person household – $40,600

• 2 person household – $46,400

• 3 person household – $52,200

• 4 person household – $58,000

• 5 person household – $62,650

Pre-applications are due by Wednesday, May 5. If you are interested in pre-applying, please visit www.emmetsburg.com/CDBG to learn more, print the application form, or complete the pre-application online. Pre-application forms may be picked up and/or dropped off at Emmetsburg City Hall: 2021 Main Street, P.O. Box 417, Emmetsburg, IA 50536. Please contact Gretchen Reichter at 712-415-1142 with any questions.