Glenburn to hold meeting Tuesday for residents interested in housing grant

Posted April 22, 2012, at 6:37 p.m.

GLENBURN, Maine — The town is applying for a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant to help low- and moderate-income residents pay for home repairs and upgrades.

An informational public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Glenburn Town Office for any residents interested in learning more about the program, which is run through the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

“It’s really important that we demonstrate to the state that there’s a good amount of interest and need for people in Glenburn,” said Ron Harriman, Glenburn’s economic and community development consultant.

Glenburn applied for the same grant last year but was not successful, according to Town Manager Michael Crooker.

“The town did have a couple of successful housing programs in the ’90s and they really did benefit a lot of residents,” Harriman said last week.

The funds would be distributed to owners of single-family homes that need repairs that will improve health, safety and energy issues. For example, grants have helped residents pay for things such as septic system replacement and uneven floor repairs, Harriman said.

Interest in the program is already high, according to Harriman. The town had received 93 preapplications as of last Thursday.

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