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Housing agency grant will fund urgent repairs

The Housing Assistance Corporation of Hendersonville has been awarded a $25,000 state grant to pay for urgent repair work on homes of low-income families.

HAC is accepting applications from very-low and low-income households with special needs who are in need of home repairs that pose imminent threats to their life and/or safety, or to provide accessibility modifications and other repairs necessary to prevent displacement.

HAC will provide assistance to homeowners whose homes are selected for repair/modification in the form of a loan. Homeowners will receive an unsecured deferred interest-free loan, forgiven at a rate of $1,000 per year, until the principal balance in reduced to zero. The maximum loan amount is $6,000. A minimum of six households will be assisted under URP13.

Eligibility: To be eligible for assistance applicants:

1. Must reside within Henderson County and own and occupy the home in need of repair,
2. Must have a household that does not exceed 50% of the median income for the household size,
3. Must have a special need — be at least 62 years old, handicapped or disabled, a single parent with a dependent living at home, a large family with five or more household members, or a household with a child below the age of six with an elevated blood lead level.
4. Must have urgent repair needs that cannot be met through other state or federally-funded housing assistance programs.
It should be noted that all deficiencies in a home may not be addressed with the available funds.

To request an application or learn more about program eligibility guidelines contact Cheri Lowmaster, Home Repair Coordinator, at Housing Assistance Corporation, PO Box 2057, Hendersonville, NC 28793, or call (828) 692-4744, ext.103. An application may also be picked up at the Housing Assistance Corporation at 602 Kanuga Road. Applications must be submitted no later than Oct. 1.