“The Old Town grant is intended to help existing Old Town homeowners that occupy the home as their primary residence with home improvements dollars,” Grand Haven Neighborhood Development Coordinator Char Seise said. “This is an economic and neighborhood development tool initiative implemented by the state of Michigan in (its) efforts for ‘place making.’”
The city received $170,000 for the program. The money will be distributed to provide funds for energy-efficiency improvements; insulation; new windows, siding, furnace or hot water heaters; upgrades to electrical services; and also landscaping. It also requires repairs for any current code violations identified.
Seise said a lien for the amount of improvements is placed on the home, and there is no interest and no payment required. The lien must be paid in full when the property is sold or the title is transferred.
According to Seise, the program is based on household income and there are different requirements for each grant.
“Homeowner grants require households to not exceed 80 percent of the area median income based on family size,” she said.
The other grant, for home purchases, received an additional $100,000 in funding adding three more households for a total of six available for funding.
“The home purchase program has assisted eight homebuyers to date purchase and repair homes, bringing them up to code and improving the overall energy-efficiency of the property, and improving the neighborhoods where the homes are being purchased,” Seise said.
For more information about housing programs, residents can contact the Neighborhood Housing Services Department at 616-935-3270 or visit www.grandhaven.org/housingservices.
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