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Huron County awarded home repair grant

Funds are now available to assist Huron County residents with home repairs, thanks to a grant received by the county.

The county will host a kick-off meeting on Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. at the county commissioners’ office, 180 Milan Ave., Meeting Room A, Norwalk.

Huron County was awarded a $1.2 million Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) program grant. The cities of Norwalk and Willard are partners in the grant. 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, which has successfully operated other CHIP programs in other counties since 1994. Those interested must fill out an application through WSOS Community Action Commission.

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.

For more information or to apply for repair or rehabilitation services, visit www.wsos.org or call WSOS Community Action Commission at 1-800-775-9767 or 1-419-333-6049.