A housing rehabilitation effort has been expanded from Bloomsburg flood-prone properties to the entire town. Bloomsburg homeowners who meet income and other qualifications can apply to receive up to $35,000 in home repairs from a $1 million HOME grant administered by the Town of Bloomsburg and SEDA-Council of Governments Housing Program. The expanded area will now help disperse the remaining funds of the $1 million grant.
Bloomsburg Town Council recently voted to expand the range of the Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program to include the entire town, though it had previously focused only on owner-occupied homes affected by Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. Priority will continue to be given to homes in designated areas affected by that storm.
Program work most commonly done includes roof repair, electrical upgrading, heat system repair or replacement, and other essential and code-related work.
Income qualifications apply. For example, the maximum income for a two-person family is $38,550, and $48,150 for a family of four. Awarded homeowners must continue to live in the property for five years.
To request a prequalifying application, contact SEDA-COG’s Sue Goddard at 1-800-326-9310.
The program area was expanded because funding limitations attached to the original $1 million HOME grant did not allow for raising of homes above the flood level, so a new grant (not yet awarded) was applied for that would allow for the elevation of such homes.