110 Homes To Receive Minor Repairs
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH –The construction phase of the Minor Repair Housing Mitigation Program kicked off last month with plans to repair approximately 110 homes in St. John the Baptist Parish. These homes were damaged by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike and were approved to receive minor repairs through a $2,024,240.00 Community Development Block Grant awarded to the parish. The approved homeowner-occupied households will receive assistance with roof replacement and minor repairs to window panes and doors.
The purpose of the Minor Repair program is to assist Low to Moderate Income (LMI) homeowners who were unable to afford repairs to damage caused by Hurricanes Gustav/ Ike. Applications for the program were submitted in May of 2011, but final selections were made based on inspections, program qualifications, financial need and age. Initially, the program targeted the repair of 60 homes, but expanded to 110 after a large number of applications were received. Homeowners meeting the “Priority 1” requirement for Hurricane Ike/Gustav damage which poses an immediate threat to health and safety were determined eligible for assistance.
Bi-monthly meetings are held between the St. John Parish Grants Administrator, inspectors, contractors and project managers to keep the project moving and the program is expected to be completed by the summer of 2013. “This program is the culmination of a great deal of work by many individuals and we are pleased to have it underway. Our residents have waited long enough for the help they deserve”, said Parish President Natalie Robottom.