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5/31/2017 4:42:00 AM
Applications sought to aid elderly homeowners
The Town of Hope will be submitting applications for grants that will allow elderly homeowners to stay in their homes, rather than have to move out.

Victoria Dake, housing grant manager with Administrative Resources Association, said that the agency hopes to have 10 applicants by the end of this week. As of last week, they already had eight applications in hand.

"It is a homeowner repair program so we do still look at replacing roofs, upgrading electrical systems, furnaces and (air conditioning) units," Dake said. "But a component of it is that they have to be 55 or older, or have a disabled person in the house to qualify."

She said that an assessment would be made to see if there is anything that could be improved in the home to help residents get around better.

"We do a lot of walk-in showers, improved lighting, grab bars or hand rails as needed -- anything that can help them get around a little better," she said.

The grants could be up to $15,000 per home.

Applications are available at Hope Town Hall or through the ARA offices.

In order for the town to apply, it needs to have 75 percent of the applications in hand when it applies for the grant money, which has already been met. Dake said that if they end up with more than 10 applicants, the extras will go on a waiting list for the next grant cycle.

Information: 912-376-9949



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