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Cape Gazette: Emergency home repair program launched

Date Posted: Friday, August 18th, 2017

Emergency home repair program launched

July 16, 2017

The Delaware State Housing Authority has announced that qualified homeowners in need of assistance to keep their homes livable can apply for assistance from the new Statewide Emergency Repair Program.

The new program is administered by the Milford Housing Development Corporation, which was awarded $600,000 by DSHA to streamline the application process. DSHA had previously funded repairs through a number of partners, depending on jurisdiction. The Statewide Emergency Response Program has a single point of contact and operates in all three counties.

The new program is designed to address emergency conditions threatening the health or safety of eligible Delaware homeowners and members of their households. Qualified applicants must own their home, have lived there for at least one year, and meet income guidelines. Situations that qualify for assistance include immediate health or safety threats such as heating system repairs, plumbing repairs, electrical repairs, roof repair or replacement, major structural repairs or urgent accessibility modifications.

A portion of the funding will go toward assisting residents of manufactured housing or mobile homes. Homeowners can apply to the Milford Housing Development Corporation at 302-491-4010 or toll-free at 844-413-0038. Staff will work with applicants to determine if they qualify.