Thursday, September 17, 2009

Grant Drawing for Senior Emergency Home Repair

Eligible low-income seniors in Warrendale can receive up to $12,000 for home repairs. The City of Detroit Planning and Development Department will hold its 3rd Annual Citywide Grant Drawing for the Senior Emergency Home Repair Program from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, in the Riverview Ballroom of the Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center (1 Washington Blvd.).

Low-income Detroit residents, ages 65 and older, or physically disabled persons 55 years or older may be eligible to receive grants up to $12,000 for emergency repairs to their home. This Annual Citywide Grant Drawing gives seniors a full day to enter their name in the random drawing, while various senior service providers are on hand to share information and resources, extend health-related services and engage seniors in activities to win prizes.

In order to be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Applicant must be at least 65 years of age or older. Physically disabled residents who are 55 years of age or older also qualify;
  • Applicant must be very low income;
  • Applicant must own and occupy the home; and
  • Applicant must not have received a prior rehab/repair grant from City Programs.
Examples of eligible emergency home repairs include furnaces, plumbing, roofs, electrical systems and structural repairs. The following items, however, are not eligible for funding:
  • All household appliances;
  • Carpeting;
  • Concrete-work, such as driveways;
  • Kitchen cabinets;
  • Plaster or drywall; and
  • Windows.
Also, any repair item that involves lead-based paint related is ineligible for this program. This would require a risk assessment and cannot be done as part of the drawing.

For more information, or to participate as a sponsor or vendor, call the Housing Services Division at (313) 224-3461. They are open between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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