Community development agencies in the Titusville area recently received some good news. The organization recently learned that it had received $750,000 for the HOME program, designed to help homeowners bring their homes up to standard and have safe places to live.
According to TCDA executive director Kristen Kerr, Crawford County was one of 15 counties in the state to see HOME program funds.
Funds would go to owner-occupied single-family homes on a first-come, first-served basis. This means that no rented homes and no homes with multiple families, such as duplexes or apartments, would qualify for the program.
Home rehabilitation also cannot exceed 95% of the median home value in Crawford County, which is $121,000.
Residents must also earn less than the county’s low-income cutoff. In Crawford County, that number is $37,000 for a single-person home, $42,250 for two-person homes, $47,550 for three-person homes, and $52,800 for two-person homes. four people. These numbers are listed up to an eight-person household, which cannot have an income greater than $69,700.
Once a household qualifies, the home will be inspected for code violations and safety issues. Program funds can then be used to address any violations and concerns. Examples of these violations and concerns include lead-based paint, roofing, electrical, plumbing, windows, doors, siding, sidewalks, among others.
Although the funds have been awarded, the agencies are still in the process of completing all the necessary paperwork to obtain the official contract. For owners in the area, this means that the program will not start immediately.
“We can’t start calling from the roster or making requests until we have the contract in hand,” Kerr said.
When TCDA applied for the funding, they were confident that they would be selected. In terms of housing rehabilitation, this is not their first rodeo.
“The Titusville Redevelopment Authority is not new to Housing Rehab. For many years we administered a similar grant, but it eventually became too difficult because of the reduction in lead-based paint,” Kerr said.
She said the Titusville City Council contacted the TCDA saying there was a need for a home rehabilitation program and worked with the council to apply for funds from the Department of Community and Economic Development’s HOME program.
Titusville has faced the blight problem for years. Over the years, the city has demolished too many homes that have fallen into disrepair, and the city and TCDA hope this program can help improve Titusville’s housing stock and those living in unsafe conditions.
“Our goal is to improve the condition of homes in the city, which will reduce the number of destroyed homes in the future,” Kerr said. “We have such a unique little town and we want to keep it beautiful for years to come.”
There are currently 21 people on the list. The TCDA will start at the top and work its way down. For more information on who is available to receive the funds for work on their home, Kerr asks interested homeowners to contact the TCDA or stop by. To join the waiting list, you must go to the TCDA offices, located at 110 W. Spring St, Suite 200, Titusville, and fill out a form.
Dvorkin can be contacted by email at Gdvorkin@titusvilleherald.com.