The City of Columbus has received substantial state funding to help homeowners in the Ninth Street Park area renovate their homes and further improve their neighborhood.
The City was awarded $262,500 in special Community Development Block Grant funding from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. The money will be used for an Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation program that is part of the City’s comprehensive revitalization strategy for the Ninth Street Park neighborhood.
“This funding will enable us to assist homeowners who are clearly vested in the Ninth Street Park neighborhood,” Mayor Kristen Brown said. “With these investments, the housing stock in this neighborhood will surely be raised, adding to the momentum of improvements in one of our most challenged areas.”
To be eligible for funding, a prospective applicant must:
- Be a homeowner
- Live in a home that is in need of repairs;
- Have household income at or below 80% of area median income scaled to household size;
- Meet all other underwriting guidelines and program requirements.
The City received pre-applications from about 18 homeowners interested in the program. The funding should be enough to provide rehabilitation assistance to at least 12 income-eligible homeowners. The City will implement the program in partnership with the Southern Indiana Housing and Community Development Corporation, a non-profit affiliate of Administrative Resources association.
“We are excited to be a part of this program and effort,” said Eric Frey, executive director of the Southern Indiana Housing and Community Development Corporation and Administrative Resources association. “We look forward to working with the Brown administration as sub-recipient and to helping make a positive impact on the quality of housing in this neighborhood and the city.”
In selecting participants in the program, the City will give first priority to income-eligible homeowners in the Ninth Street Park neighborhood. Second priority will be given to eligible homeowners in the Lincoln Central neighborhood, which is the larger area surrounding the Ninth Street Park. Third priority will be given to income-eligible homeowners, and lastly homes with in the Columbus city limits.
“Our objective is to complete these rehabilitation projects by the end of the year,” said Carl Malysz, director of the City’s Department of Community Development. “We want to get this money out quickly and to keep the pipeline moving.”
For more information about the program and income guidelines, contact the Department of Community Development at 376-2520 or the Southern Indiana Housing and Community Development Corporation offices at 376-9949.