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Elderly and disabled to be first priority in Minot's CDBG-DR housing programs

Posted on 9/17/2012

The City of Minot's programs to rehab or reconstruct flood-damaged properties will focus first on the elderly and disabled who currently live in a FEMA temporary housing unit (THU).

Residents who are eligible for these Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) programs in Minot are receiving flyers indicating how they can start applying for the program. The Minot Disaster Recovery Services office in Arrowhead Mall will be administering the programs and interested applicants can call 701-837-5813 or drop by their suite for more information and an application form.

The housing rehabilitation program and the housing reconstruction program are designed to assist approximately 140 low- to moderate-income (LMI) residents. The City made the decision to have the disabled and elderly population as first priority within the Action Plan in order to assist those who have the greatest need.

"While we are incredibly grateful for the $14 million in CDBG-DR funding for these two housing programs, we recognize that it is impossible to get everyone impacted back into a home with this amount of money," said Cindy Hemphill, finance director for the City of Minot. "With that in mind, the city decided to focus the initial efforts on those still living in temporary housing units who are elderly or disabled. These are the people in our community who need the most help."

Those who qualify for the program may be eligible for up to $60,000 for rehabilitation and $150,000 for reconstruction. For those elderly and/or disabled who are living in a FEMA THU the Disaster Recovery Services Office will be scheduling intake appointments as eligible applicants contact them.

A family of six making at or less than $59,250, or a family of two making at or less than $40,850 would qualify for those projects designed to assist LMI households.

HUD Income Level
Ward County, FY2012 MFI: $61,300

80% Low Income
1 Person - $35,750
2 Person - $40,850
3 Person - $45,950
4 Person - $51,050
5 Person - $55,150
6 Person - $59,250
7 Person - $63,350
8 Person - $67,400

The Action Plan for CDBG-DR funds can be viewed at the City's Recovery Information website at www.minotrecoveryinfo.com/resources.


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