January 28, 2015
CAVALIER—Financial support is now available to low and moderate income homeowners seeking assistance with health and safety-related repairs on their homes. Applications are currently being accepted.
The Cavalier Housing Rehabilitation Project assists low and moderate income families and individuals that would not otherwise be able to afford the cost of repairs of their homes. The goal of the program is to bring homes into compliance with federal health and safety standards, as well as state and local building codes. In addition, the program helps preserve and improve the structures to increase longevity and value in the community. There is no cost to eligible homeowners.
Common repairs include roofing, windows, doors, plumbing, heating, electrical, and safety items. Federal funding sources also require lead paint, floodplain, and historic preservation issues be addressed. Based on previously completed rehabilitation projects, it is anticipated an average of $12,000 will be invested in each home. There is a graduated claw back provision in the program for repayment of grant funds if homeowners sell their home within five years of project completion.
As the project sponsor, the Red River Regional Council (RRRC) was recently awarded $163,278 from Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Des Moines for funding in the 2014 Round of the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) for the Cavalier Housing Rehabilitation Project. The funds were accessed through a FHLB member bank, United Valley Bank. This brings the total awarded to the project to more than $360,000. The City of Cavalier has contributed $11,500 to the project. Funds have also been awarded by the RRRC and ND Department of Commerce through the Community Development Block Grant program as well as USDA Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant Program.
With the most recently award of FHLB funds, a total of 22 homes are expected to be rehabilitated as part of this project.
“We are very pleased to be awarded these funds to assist in helping even more residents with much needed rehabilitation to make their homes safe and energy efficient,” said Drew Olafson, chair of the Cavalier Housing Committee.
The Cavalier Housing Rehabilitation Project is led by the Cavalier Housing Committee, which is chaired by Olafson. Other members of the committee include Tom Ford, Darold Johnson, Rachel Morrison, Wayne Puppe and Corene Vaughn. RRRC staff Lori Estad and Stacie Sevigny work closely with the housing committee to establish policies to manage the project, oversee implementation, and award construction bids.
Interested residents are encouraged to apply as applications are being reviewed and accepted in the order in which they are received.
To apply, a two-page application must be completed. The application is available on the RRRC website at www.redriverrc.com. In addition, applicants must provide:
• A copy of 2014 property tax statement to prove ownership. If homeowners have already paid 2014 taxes, a copy of the receipt should be included.
• A copy of 2013 income tax statement, if applicable.
• A copy of documentation showing proof of current social security benefits, if applicable.
• If employed, copies of pay stubs for the past three months.
All of the information is necessary in order to determine eligibility for the program. Interested Cavalier homeowners can call RRRC staff members Stacie Sevigny or Lori Estad at 701-352-3550 to seek information on eligibility.
The application is available here: Housing Rehab 2-page Application.