Thursday, June 16, 2011

Home Repair Grant program offered to Rolla residents

   The City of Rolla’s Community Development Department is pleased to announce a unique Home Repair Grant program being offered to qualified Rolla homeowners to make up to $20,000 in repairs and improvements to their homes in areas such as furnace, air conditioning, weatherization improvements, roofing, electrical, ADA accessibility improvements and flooring.
   The Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation’s (MCEC), that works in partnership with the Meramec Regional Planning Commission, has been awarded a grant for housing renovation projects in the region by the Missouri Housing Development Corporation. Since Rolla is a D.R.E.A.M. (Downtown Revitalization Economic Assistance Missouri) community, $150,000 has been set aside to improve housing within the city limits of Rolla.
   “Recipients of this grant program must reside in the residence where the home repairs are being completed for a period of five years to avoid having to repay the grant awarded,” said John Petersen, the City’s Director of Community Development. “If this condition is met, reimbursement of the grant monies will not be required by the homeowner.” Petersen added that we are thrilled to offer this unique opportunity to Rolla residents and look forward to seeing the grant funds disbursed to qualified Rolla residents in the future.  
   To qualify for this program, the applicant’s home must be a single residence, owner-occupied, and located within the Rolla city limits. Up to $20,000 can be used per home for improvements. In addition, property taxes must be paid, and current property insurance is required.
   Homeowners interested in this grant program can make no more than the income requirements stated in the grant application that is available on request with the Meramec Regional Planning Commission. For more information or to request an application, please contact Maria Kardon, Community Development Specialist with MRPC, at 573-265-2993 or at 

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