Eligible property owners in need of financial help for home repairs and who live in the county can apply for a chance to receive funding assistance through the Armstrong County Housing Preservation Grant (HPG). But applicants must act soon since the application deadline of Thursday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m. is fast approaching.
In the past, HPG projects have included such things as health and safety related improvements such as electrical upgrades, flooring, windows and doors.
HPG is administered locally and Armstrong County has overseen this program a number of times, most recently in 2014. At that time, 11 county households were assisted, benefiting 22 individuals for over $125,000, according to Kathy Heilman, program manager with Armstrong County Planning and Development.
“This is a good opportunity for homeowners who might not otherwise be able to afford to make these types of home improvements,” Heilman said. “We’re working hard to get the word out about this program so that low and low-moderate income residents can take advantage of this funding.”
To be eligible, applicants must own and occupy their Armstrong County residence, and meet income guidelines. Some additional rules, regulations and restrictions apply.
The county has administered various housing rehabilitation programs since the early 1980s, according to Assistant Director Carmen Johnson, Armstrong County Planning and Development.
“The majority of the programs funded are for the rehabilitation of housing units to meet code requirements,” Johnson said. “With the award of HPG funding, we’ll be able to continue to address the requests of county residents who qualify.”
To apply for participation in the HPG program please contact Armstrong County Department of Planning and Development at 402 Market Street, Kittanning, PA 16201; by phone at 724-548-3223; via fax at 724-545-7050; via email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or access the application form via www.co.armstrong.pa.us.
Once applications have been submitted, they will be entered into a public lottery for possible selection. This means that not all applications entered into the lottery will be chosen for participation in the program. The public lottery will be held at 10:00 a.m., April 26, 2019 at Armstrong County Board of Commissioners conference room, Courthouse Administration Building, 450 East Market St., Suite 200, Kittanning, PA 16201.
Eligible applicants can receive a deferred grant to correct code deficiencies and general home improvements at their residence. Lead safe work practices, and radon, asbestos and mold mitigation measures are required. Funding for the Armstrong HPG program is made available through the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and the Armstrong County Act 137 funds.
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