Housing Rehab Helping Families

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Your roof is leaking, the kitchen sink is continually stopped up and, as winter approaches, your heating system is on the fritz all minor repairs that are just a little more than your minimum wage income can bear.

Help is just down the street at town hall.

There, the Town of Payson has launched a program to help nurse some of Payson's older homes back to health.

Marcy Rogers, redevelopment coordinator, said the town has about $300,000 budgeted for the program, and at a $20,000 maximum per project, hopes to be able to provide better living conditions for 15 local families. Six of those families have already been approved.

"We already have a waiting list of applicants, and are getting ready to start working on the first six houses," Rogers said.

Applicants must not only show a need for housing rehabilitation, but must also fall under the 1999 guidelines of the Housing and Urban Development standards. According to those guidelines, a four-person household must have a total income of not more than $26,300 to qualify.

If the applicant qualifies, he will be eligible to receive up to $20,000 as a grant or deferred loan for the rehabilitation of the home. If the home is deemed not feasible for rehabilitation, the money can be used for the replacement of the home with a new or newer manufactured home.

"Most of the applicants so far were within the Green Valley Redevelopment Area," Rogers said.

The rehab effort will not only improve the quality of life for the owner-occupant, but will also benefit the aesthetics of the entire neighborhood.

To determine eligibility for the housing rehabilitation program, applicants should contact Rogers and provide income information, and must have their homes inspected by the Town Building Department.

To learn more about the program, contact Rogers at 474-5242, ext. 269.

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