Mike Jones of Sussex County’s Community Development office gave a presentation at the Frankford Town Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 7, informing the council and residents that the organization has $64,000 to spend on housing rehabilitation projects in Frankford this year.
The money — designed to help low- to moderate-income homeowners with housing-related issues — comes from the federal Department of Housing & Urban Development and is allotted to the Delaware State Housing Authority, Jones explained.
In order to qualify for the Community Development Block Grants, residents need to own their home, be up to date on tax payments and fall below 80 percent of the median income in the area. Jones said the current guidelines specify that, for a one-person household, income must be below $38,500, with the guideline increasing about $5,000 for each additional household member. A four-person household must have an income below $54,950 to qualify.
Jones added that basic improvements often funded by the grants include repairs to roofs, doors, windows and plumbing, as well as electrical and heating upgrades.
Over the past 18 years, Jones said, Frankford has received $314,445 in block grants, which led to repairs on 18 homes. There are five homes currently on the waiting list for CDBG funds in Frankford, and Jones said he would like to see more homes on the list because that can bring more CDBG funding to the town.
Anyone who feels they qualify for CDBG funds and has a home that needs work should call Sussex County Community Development at (302) 855-7777 to be put on the waiting list, Jones said.
By Kerin Magill