PARKERSBOURG, W.Va. (WTAP) – Residents of Parkersburg have the opportunity to upgrade their own homes at city expense.
It’s all part of the 2022 Emergency Home Repair Program. This program is available to Parkersburg residents whose income is at or below 60% of the area’s median income. Andrew Thomas, administrator of development projects for the city of Parkersburg, says homeowners can receive up to $6,000 to repair their roofs, heating and air conditioning systems, electrical or plumbing issues. Thomas says these grants help the city achieve its goal of having safer, lovelier homes for landlords and renters.
“We want to improve the quality of housing as well as the number we have. We have demolished houses that are really unsafe. Their removal prevents fires from damaging local residents. It’s a way to stop these demolitions from happening,” Thomas said.
The Emergency Home Repair Program is made possible by the Federal Community Development Block Grant through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City of Parkersburg hopes this program will help them achieve their goals in their annual action plan. Some goals include improving safe and affordable housing, homeless resources, and living conditions for people with special needs. People can apply for the grant by visiting the city of Parkersburg’s website.
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