June 22, 2018
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Brewer to apply for low-income housing grants

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — The city is applying for Community Development Block Grant funds to help low- to moderate-income homeowners and people who rent to low-income residents, with improving their homes or rental units, and pre-applications now are being taken.

A public hearing for those interested in learning about the CDBG program is scheduled for the beginning of tonight’s City Council meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at Brewer City Hall.

“Anybody with an apartment building or anyone with a single family home,” is invited to attend, consultant Ron Harriman said Monday.

The grants can be used for fixing electrical problems; repairing roofs; improving efficiency with improved heating systems or replacing windows, doors or siding; or adding a wheelchair ramp.

City officials are preparing to apply for funding through the Community Development Block Grant housing program, offered through the state Department of Economic and Community Development. The city was awarded a CDBG in 2008, and “there were a number of people on the approve list” from that round of grant funding who were not served because the money ran out, Harriman said.

Those interested in the program may fill out a CDBG pre-application, which are posted on the city’s Web site, www.brewerme.org, and may be dropped off or mailed to Brewer City Hall, 80 North Main St., Brewer 04412.

“If our application is selected, we will notify those homeowners who have expressed an interest and will be ready to proceed with improvements by this summer,” Harriman said.

For information, call James Smith, assistant city manager, at 989-7500, or call the Community Development Office at 947-8595.

“If successful, $250,000 in grant funding will be available to income-eligible residents and owners of rental apartments occupied by income-eligible tenants,” Harriman said.

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