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Kent County Increases Funding For Home Repairs

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Kent County

Residents in need of repairs or home modifications may be eligible for additional funding.  It’s through a grant available in parts of Kent County. 

“There are so many families in Kent County that are dealing with issues such as roof issues, septic systems that are failing. There might be a furnace that is breaking down.”

Kent County Communications Director, Lisa La Plante says there are a lot of people in Kent County in need of a little help to fix up their homes.  With that in mind, the Board of Commissioners recently voted to provide additional funding, close to 200-thousand dollars in Community Development Block Grant funds for repairs.  It’s for homes owned by low to moderate income families.

“And what this means is that for families living on fixed budgets, low to moderate incomes, they’ll be able to get some of the repairs that they need whether it’s roofs, septic systems, furnaces. Home modifications for people living with disabilities. So there are currently a lot opportunities for families currently in need.”

La Plante says Kent County contracts with Home Repair services, which is where residents should start, to get the ball rolling to see if they qualify.

“There are varying degrees of eligibility based on family size and extenuating circumstances. One of the people at Home Repair can take down information, and figure out what you might be eligible for. These grants are for up to 10-thousand dollars for someone who is eligible for it.”

To learn more about Home Repair Service programs, you can go to their website, at homerepairservices-dot-org.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.