Home-improvement grant sought for east Allen County communities; public hearing June 19

Some residents of eastern Allen County wanting to repair and restore their homes may soon be eligible for financial assistance.

The Allen County Board of Commissioners is planning to apply for an Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation grant from the State Community Development Block Grant Program. The OOR program is designed to help low-to-moderate income homeowners rehabilitate their homes, address health and safety hazards and lower energy consumption. The program would focus on residents in the New Allen Alliance communities of Grabill, Harlan, Hoagland, Leo-Cedarville, Monroeville, New Haven and Woodburn.

As part of the application process, the commissioners will hold a public hearing, facilitated by Brightpoint, on June 19 at 11:30 a.m. in the Apple Orchard room of the New Haven Community Center, Indiana 930 E. The hearing will provide citizens with an opportunity to express their views on community development and housing needs, past community development and housing activities, and the proposed owner-occupied program. Interested citizens are invited to provide comments regarding these issues either at the public hearing or by prior written statement.

A plan to minimize displacement and provide assistance to those displaced has been prepared and is available to the public for review and comment at the Brightpoint offices, 227 E. Washington Blvd.

Information concerning the proposed Owner-Occupied Rehab program may be obtained from Monica Woods at (260) 399-4116 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.