City to apply for housing grant money

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Hoping to help senior citizens and those on disability to make minor improvements to their homes, the City of Salem is applying for housing grants from the state. The city is working with Administrative Resources association (ARa) out of Columbus.

A public meeting about this opportunity will be held March 17 at 2 p.m. and a hearing will take place the same day at 5:30 p.m. Both will be held in the council chambers. The city could receive anywhere from $150,000 to $350,000, depending on how much interest is shown in the community. The city will be required to provide a 10% match of the funds.


Deb Lilly, manager of municipal programs for ARa, said applications will be available at the meeting for residents to fill out. Homeowners could receive up to $15,000 each.

“This grant will help provide more comfort for our homeowners’ accessibility as required for overall livability improvement and their homes,” said Mayor David Bower. “This is a great program and opportunity for Salem.” 

The city’s application must be filed by July 31 and they will know some time in September how much money, if any, will be awarded.

The grants will help with improvements to owner-occupied homes within city limits. These improvements may include electric upgrades, heating, cooling and plumbing, roofs, windows and doors, lead-based paint hazards and home modifications, i.e. accessibility ramps, kitchen modifications.

Eligibility requirements include that applicants must be at least 55 years old or disabled, be in a single family, the structure must be an owner occupied home and be on a permanent foundation. The house must also be insured and be in need of modifications. Contract sales are not eligible. 

There are also income guidelines. Total household income must be at or below the following: 

1 person - $27,050

2 persons- $30,900

3 persons -$34,750

4 persons-$38,600

5 persons -$41,700

For more information, call or write ARa at 748 Franklin St., Columbus, IN 47201 or 812-376-9949 or contact the City of Salem at 812-883-4265.