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Home repair funds available for Allen, Putnam County residents

Funds are now available to assist Allen and Putnam County residents with home repairs, thanks to a grant received by the counties.

Putnam County, in partnership with Allen County and the City of Delphos, was awarded a $1.25 million Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) program grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funding will allow the county to provide income-eligible residents with necessary home repairs or rehabilitations. The CHIP program will be administered through WSOS Community Action Commission, a northwest Ohio-based nonprofit organization that has successfully operated home repair programs in other counties since 1994.

Homeowners as well as renters are eligible for assistance through CHIP. The program offers home repairs that cover electrical, plumbing, roof, ADA modifications and other system upgrades, provided at no cost to the resident. CHIP also offers home rehabilitations for more extensive repair work. Rehabilitations are largely grant-funded, with a portion of the cost covered through a no-interest deferred loan to the homeowner that must be paid at the time of title transfer.

“CHIP allows homeowners on a limited income to make needed repairs to improve the safety and security of their homes,” WSOS Housing Coordinator Tiffaney Shaver said. “CHIP funds can be used to fix unsafe electrical systems, deteriorated roofs, or other needed repairs.

“Funding also enables us to make ADA modifications to homes, which is a great service to residents who are disabled or have limited mobility,” Shaver added.

To apply, Allen County residents may contact WSOS Community Action Commission at 1-800-775-9767 or 419-333-6049. Putnam County residents may contact the county commissioners’ office at 419-523-3656. For more information about the CHIP program, visit www.wsos.org.