County receives MSHDA grant for home repair program

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Thanks to a nearly $190,000 grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, many homeowners in Reed City and Evart will have the opportunity to make much needed home repairs.

According to Osceola County Community Development Coordinator Dan Massy, the county applied for the Home Repair Program grant, showing the communities that need it most.

"The grant is definitely needed, so I'm happy we have it because it's a step in the right direction," Massy said.

The income-based program provides repairs including plumbing, electrical, roofing, windows, insulation, lead-based paint removal, doors, septic systems, wells, furnaces and more. The funds cover homes in the city limits of Evart and Reed City, though 50 percent of the grant can be used for families outside of those borders for emergency repairs, which Massy said are related to health and safety, or problems that could lead to those larger issues if not fixed promptly.

To receive a portion of the funds, eligible homeowners must have owned and lived in a home for at least one year and have insurance and property taxes paid. In addition, they must have a household income at or below the 2015 poverty limit depending on family size. For example, a two-person family is eligible if the household income is at or below $34,700.

"It's money saving and those who qualify will have a nice house," Massy said. "We also hope that if some houses are fixed, other people will want to fix their homes, too."

If residents qualify for funding, they will not have to pay interest on the funds or pay back the provided money until they sell the home. Massy said applications will be approved by a housing committee, then the funds and repairs will be handled by a third party.

For more information and an application, contact Dan Massy at (231) 832-7397.