Bayonne Community Development invites housing rehab applications

BAYONNE – The Bayonne Community Development Department is offering applications for $5,000 housing rehabilitation grants, through which qualified homeowners can make necessary improvements to their houses.
Funding comes from the federal Home and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs.
The rehabilitation grants would be valid for either one year or as long as the grant budget lasts. According to Bayonne CDBG program Executive Director Samantha Howard, eligible rehabilitation proposals that are more than $5,000 may be also eligible for loans of up to $15,000.
“By combining grants and loans, homeowners would be able to make bigger improvements in their properties,” Howard said. “We would be happy to discuss the possibilities for combined grant and loan packages with eligible applicants.”
The CDBG program will consider applications for new cases filed after September 1, 2015. The office cannot reopen old cases. The application form for the grant program is available on the city of Bayonne’s website. Applicants will need to provide information about household members, income, mortgages, deeds, and property taxes.
The CDBG program now operates out of the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF) office at 555 Kennedy Blvd. Completed applications can be dropped off there. Ashley Lambert, the contact person for the grant program, can be reached at (201) 437-7222.

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