WAYNE – More exciting news was shared with the City of Wayne in late November that involves funding for owner-occupied rehabilitation.
According to a release from the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District (NENEDD), a total of seven recipients were awarded funds under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
The City of Wayne will receive $315,000 of the $2.669 million allocated to the Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation program.
Executive Director with the Wayne Community Housing Development Corporation (WCHDC), Mytzy Rodriguez-Kufner stated she was excited to see the news that they were awarded the CDBG grant. This grant will assist 10 families to rehabilitate their current homes and WCHDC will be looking at awarding anything up to 25K per project.
Led by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by DED on behalf of the State of Nebraska, CDBG funding helps communities tackle projects that enhance local well-being and quality of life. Eligible to units of local government, the Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation funding opportunity provides support for substantial repairs and improvements to housing units owned by low-to-moderate income residents (i.e., households at or below 80% of the area median income). Example OOR activities range from new heating or electrical systems to roof replacement and utility-cost-saving energy efficiency upgrades.
In all, funds are slated to impact 86 low-to-moderate income beneficiaries across six communities. Other grant recipients were Beatrice ($547,000); Blue Springs ($315,000); Hubbard ($315,000); Malcolm ($315,000), Talmage ($315,000) and Waverly ($547,000).
“This is for workforce housing needs and allows individuals in the Low and moderate income range to be able to fix their homes. Projects may include things such as new windows, fascia and gutters, as well as projects on the inside of their homes that will help with their quality of living.” This is a relatively new grant for the city of Wayne/Wayne community housing and so we will be providing guidelines on how to apply within the next week or so.”
NENEDD Community Planner Riah Deane, whose work was crucial in Wayne receiving the funds added, “the City of Wayne partnered with Wayne Community Housing Development Corporation (WCHDC) under executive director Mytzy Rodriguez-Kufner and NENEDD to address the need for Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation. The City applied for and received an award totaling $315,000 to provide resources for current homeowners in Wayne to improve and preserve the current housing stock within the City. Wayne’s positive partnerships with community-based organizations and engagement with residents allows them to continually find innovative ways to address community needs. This grant for Owner Occupied Rehabilitation continues those impressive and proactive efforts for Wayne residents today and in the future.”
Quote from DED Director Anthony L. Goins: “Addressing local housing needs isn’t always about building new units. Communities can also make a big impact by helping homeowners with needed fixes and upgrades that are beyond their financial capabilities. That not only does the job of helping people and families in need but helps revitalize the housing stock so that it will be available for the next generation of homebuyers.”
For more information visit with the Wayne Community Housing Development Corporation by calling 402-375-5266 or stopping by the WCHDC office at 108 West 3rd Street.