County to apply for housing rehab grant

MIFFLINTOWN – Juniata County is once again looking to apply for a grant from the federal HOME Investment Partnership Program to be used to continue an ongoing program to rehabilitate eligible properties county-wide.

During a brief public hearing following Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Juniata County Commissioners, Sue Goddard, representing the SEDA-COG housing program, conducted the hearing to announce the county, for the fifth consecutive year, will be applying for a $500,000 federal grant to fund housing rehab projects to those property owners who meet federal guidelines for the assistance.

“You have had four previous grants that rehabbed 54 homes in the amount of $1,590,413,” Goddard said, noting that five properties are currently under contract for projects and there is a waiting list of 26 others.

“We feel it is time to get the application in the pipeline to be able to have the money to move on,” Goddard noted.

To be eligible for housing rehab grant money, Goddard said residents must meet a set of federal guidelines, including: be the owner of the home; meet income guidelines; taxes must be paid; and if successful, the rehab project must not displace the family.

Goddard said residents have until Sept. 14 to apply for funding and she said she hopes to bring a formal resolution to the commissioners for adoption during their Sept. 18 meeting. She said those interested should contact SEDA-COG or the county itself.

“This is open to anyone in the county,” she stressed. “Previously it was limited to certain target areas.”

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners:

¯ Approved the county’s 2018 Liquid Fuels allocation in the amount of $50,000.

¯ Ratified a CDBG Home Housing Rehab Project check in the amount of $21,375 to BK Bower for a rehab project.

¯ Approved a request from Thompsontown Borough for $925.15 in Open Space Legacy funding.

¯ Ratified the following CDBG-IDIS checks: $31,005.93 to Crider-Mitchell Construction for project costs; and $16,473.57 to Crider-Mitchell Construction for project costs.

¯ Approved payment of bills in the amount of $38,713.21.

¯ Acknowledged the resignation of Gilbert G. Brackbill from his position as a maintenance worker effective the end of the day Sept. 9.