City program continues to renovate homes for eligible residents

The City of Casa Grande Community Development Division in mid-July hosted an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of another owner-occupied housing rehabilitation project.

The home, located at 503 W. 10th St., received a series of enhancements to address health and safety issues within the home.

Some of the items addressed throughout the property were building code violations, broken windows, plumbing and electrical problems, flooring, leaking of the ceiling, replacement of single pane to dual pane windows for more efficiency and weatherization.

The cost to complete this project was $59,800 and was made possible through funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program of the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH) HOME funds along with the City of Casa Grande’s Program Income.

The city’s Community Development Division has a target of nine housing units to rehabilitate in 2017, and this is the second completed home out of nine targeted units.

The ribbon cutting ceremony included remarks from Casa Grande Mayor Craig McFarland as well as representatives from the City of Casa Grande, the Diaz Developing Contractor, LLC and a member of the homeowner’s family.

According to documents provided by the City of Casa Grande, the city administers the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program to assist low and very low income families in Casa Grande with the goal of upgrading their living conditions and improving and preserving the quality and appearance of the area’s affordable housing stock and overall environment.

The program is available to any and all homeowners within  the Corporate City Limits who meet the following eligibility requirements:

• Ownership: Participants must own and occupy the unit as their sole and principal residence. Required proof of ownership includes deed and property tax documentation (will be verified through a title company).

• Income: Total household income shall not exceed 80 percent of the area median income, which changes annually, so applicants should verify with housing staff. Proof of income includes pay stubs, monthly benefit award letters (pension, Social Security, retirement, public assistance, etc.). All documentation must be from within the last three months. People on the waiting list for six months, must re-certify their eligibility.

• Unit: Must be in need of repairs to abate Building Health & Safety Codes violations, such as electrical, plumbing, mechanical and structural problems. Units in need up upgrades for aesthetic purposes only are not eligible.

This program is made possible through a variety of federal and state funding sources –

Mainly Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HUD-HOME Program, State Housing Trust Funds and Program Income from CDEG funded Revolving Loan Fund. Types of assistance available include loans, deferred payment loans and grants. The type of assistance that a family may qualify for is determined by the amount of work needed, the family’s income level and the resources available.

Applications are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall, Housing Division, 510 E. Florence Boulevard, which is ADA accessible. You may also request an application via mail by calling 520-421-8670 or, for the hearing impaired, TDD 520-421-2035. “At-Home” services are also available to interested homebound people. All information, assistance and services are available in both English and Spanish.