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City is Seeking Applicants for Owner-Occupied Housing Rehab Program

Pre-applications due by July 27, 2018 (extended deadline to September 15, 2018)

June 22, 2018

UPDATE - July 25, 2018:  At the July 24, 2018 Council meeting the Mayor and Council approved the submission of grant pre-application to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development for a grant of $547,000 which would provide funding for approximately 18-20 homes.  Following the pre-application, the City of Wahoo will work with SENDD (Southeast NE Development District) and NE DED on our final grant application.  As of July 10th approximately 15 pre-applications from potentially eligible homeowners had been received by SENDD.  Pre-applications will continue to be accepted by SENDD until our final grant application is submitted, or September 15, whichever comes first.  If the City of Wahoo is successful in their grant application, work on homes funded through this program will not begin until either late winter or early spring 2019.  Contractors who are interested in doing any work for programs such as this must be certified as required by the grant program.  Questions on certification should be directed to SENDD at 402-475-2560.

June 22, 2018 - The City of Wahoo is planning to submit an application for a grant to assist qualified homeowners with housing rehab efforts. Our application is due August 3rd and prior to that date we need interested home-owners in Wahoo to let us know you are interested!  There are three qualifications:  1) you must live in and own the home that needs the update, 2) it must be in Wahoo, and 3) you must meet the income qualifications.  The income thresholds are listed in the informational brochure (link below) but for example, the threshold for a family of 4 is $61,600. 

Under this grant program there is a maximum of $25,000 available per applicant.  The only requirement of the homeowner is that they remain in the home for a period of 5 years. A pro-rated repayment would be required upon sale, transfer of title, renting out or non-occupancy of the property during this five years. 

Eligible expenses include:

  • Structural - foundation, roof, etc.
  • Mechanical - furnace, water heater, etc.
  • Electrical - wiring, fuse boxes
  • Plumbing
  • Weatherization - windows, doors, insulation, siding, etc.
  • General Maintenance - kitchens, bathrooms, etc.
  • Handicapped Accessibility - ramps, bathrooms, etc.
  • Safety and Code deficiencies

Expenses that are NOT generally eligible:

  • Garages and outbuildings
  • Window AC units
  • Fireplaces
  • Landscape and fencing
  • Jacuzzis, hot tubs, spas
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Any costs for repairs not completed in the program

If you are interested please consider applying by completing this pre-application (Click HERE for pre-application form).  This should be submitted directly to SENDD (Southeast Nebraska Development District).  SENDD is an organization located in Lincoln, NE that assists communities with application for and administration of grants such as this.  If you have questions or concerns about this program or the application, please contact Jim Warrelmann at SENDD - jwarrelmann@sendd.org or 402-475-2560.  If you would like to visit with City staff, please contact Melissa Harrell - harrell@wahoo.ne.us or 402-443-3222.

Program Brochure
Preliminary Application
Press Release

 

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