May 27, 2018
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Burnham seeks grants for housing repair, replacement

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

BURNHAM, Maine — The town of Burnham is moving to establish a housing repair and replacement program with grant funding from the state.

The program would assist eligible homeowners to make necessary repairs to their homes. In some cases severely deteriorated homes could be replaced with new site-built ranch homes, according to a press release from the town.

Burnham is seeking $300,000 in grant money from the state’s federally funded Community Development Block Grant program and has received letters of commitment from USDA Rural Development and Waldo Community Action Partners that would bring in matching funds totaling $312,000. Municipalities from all over Maine compete for the CDBG funding. The competition might be greater this year because of a proposal in Congress to cut the CDBG program by approximately 60 percent.

If the CDBG money comes to Burnham, grants would be available to income-eligible single-family homeowners whose total income does not exceed 80 percent of the area median income. A single person living in Waldo County, for example, could not earn more than $29,250; a family of four could not earn more than $41,750.

The program could cover everything from replacing roofs, windows and doors to upgrading plumbing and electrical systems.

Residents who attended a public hearing Monday voiced strong support for the town moving forward with the grant application, according to a press release.

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