Mid Michigan Community Action continues to make homes more affordable and healthier through the Weatherization program and will now have the ability to assist homeowners with roof issues and small structural improvements.
Through a Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) from the United States Department of Agriculture—Rural Development, the agency will be able to address roof and other issues that normally make the home ineligible for other programs.
“Generally, if a home has a roof or structural issue, grant guidelines do not allow us to weatherize the home; which is why grants like HPG are so important—they allow us to serve more homes with other types of improvements,” Jill Sutton, Mid Michigan Community Action Executive Director, said.
The grant of $20,000 will allow the agency to serve a small number of homes in Clare and Gladwin Counties. Only $100,000 in total funding was available for the state of Michigan.
“While it is not a large grant, it does not minimize the impact it will have on the families that receive assistance,” Sutton said. “It also establishes that there is a need for this service and hopefully, funds will follow that need.”
The Housing Preservation Grant program is available to low and very-low income homeowners; household income must be at or below 80% of Area Median Income. Those interested can contact the agency’s county outreach office: Clare: 989-386-3805; Gladwin: 989-426-2801.