BUCKSPORT, Maine — Bucksport was one of only three communities awarded a housing grant this year through the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development. Ron Harriman, grant administrator, explained that program funds will assist single- and multi-family dwelling owners.
Augusta and Fairfield also received funding.
Funds will be used to provide grants to income-eligible single family homeowners to repair such things as roofing, heating, septic systems, electrical, handicap accessibility, replacement windows and doors, and the like in order to improve safety and energy efficiency.
Matching grants also are available to owners of rental properties. To qualify, at least 51 percent of the tenants must be income-eligible. The program is designed to provide grants of up to $5,000 per unit to address items such as those with single-family dwellings, but also to address code issues.
For both single family and multi-family programs, it is the property owner who must complete an application.
The income guidelines, which are based on family size, for both programs are as follows: one- person household, $35,800; two-person, $40,900; three-person, $46,000; four-person, $51,100. Applicants must provide a copy of their deed and verification of income. All information is confidential. Applications will be available on the town’s website bucksportmaine.gov, in addition to the library, senior center, and Community Concerns food pantry; or contact the Community Development office at 947-8595.
The CDBG office will conduct an inspection and obtain bids from qualified, insured and reputable area contractors to complete the work.
Property owners are strongly encouraged to submit applications no later than Sept. 30.