South Williamsport Borough residents are encouraged to apply now to get on a waiting list for no-cost home repairs as a $500,000 housing rehabilitation grant may be awarded to the borough early next year.
Homeowners may be eligible to receive up to $65,000 instead of a past limit of $35,000 in home improvements.
Eligible repairs include structural, roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating/furnace, window replacement, radon and lead-based paint mitigation, and energy-related improvements. Also included are modifications for mobility-impaired residents.
There is no cost to homeowners who maintain home residency over a five-year period from the date of signing.
Over the past 20 years, the borough has received a total of $1.9 million from the HOME Existing Owner-Occupied Housing Program funds and has rehabilitated 69 homes.
The process is made smooth for the homeowner since it is managed by SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG), which assists from start to finish and handles any issues on behalf of the homeowner, said Teri Provost, director of the agency’s Housing Rehabilitation program.
“We oversee the project for the homeowner from A to Z – from obtaining a contractor, managing the project, to anything that may arise during or after the rehabilitation process,” Provost said. “This is an excellent program that has helped many South Williamsport Borough residents since the program’s inception.”
Interested homeowners may call SEDA-COG’s Stacy Anderson to join the wait list at 800-326-9310.