NECAC has received this HERO funding from the Housing Development Commission for more than a decade, but because of budget cuts they were unsure of how much they would get or if they would receive anything at all, but Public Relations Officer Brent Engel said the funds will make a big difference in Northeast Missouri.
"And this is to rehabilitate 10 homes in 9 Missouri Counties. I know that doesn't sound like much but we were really lucky this year to get any funding for this program because a lot of agencies that tried, didn't," Engel said.
Engel said NECAC has rehabilitated more than 400 homes in the past 12 years and most of the work done is either to major renovations to roofs or electrical wiring inside the house.
"It helps homeowners. It puts value back into the homes and it helps people stay in their communities," he said.
Right now 30 people applied for 10 spots, but Engel said some of those people might not qualify or have moved, so more people will be able to apply.
"What we are going to do is open up that application list here in the next few weeks and encourage people in the 9 counties to give us a call and sign up," he said.
Engel said a lot of factors go into choosing a participant. First, he or she must have to own their house and qualify by income. Contact your local NECAC office for more information.
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