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More money funneled into home repair program in Cadogan

| Friday, June 20, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Armstrong County received an additional $350,000 in block grant funding from the state on Thursday to fix up homes owned by low- to moderate-income families in Cadogan.

The money helps homeowners cover electrical, heating and plumbing system upgrades, roof updates and window and door replacements, said Carmen Johnson, the county's assistant planning director.

“These grants make a great impact on individuals who may not have the means to repair and bring their home up to modern construction standards,” Johnson said. “This program has been very well received.”

Since 2006, the county received two $500,000 Community Development Block Grants from the Department of Community and Economic Development to upgrade homes in Cadogan. The additional money is being tagged onto the county's most recent block grant, which was awarded in 2010.

The additional money comes from leftover funding from similar programs in other counties, Johnson said. The county used $940,000 to rehabilitate 25 homes and have 10 Cadogan homeowners on the waiting list for grants. Officials expect to award grants for seven more homes with the additional funding.

Homeowners qualify for the program depending upon their annual household incomes. For example, one person can make no more than $31,850 annually to qualify, while a family of four cannot bring in more than $45,500.

Any money not used in the Cadogan program will be redirected toward home rehabilitation projects in Ford City, Johnson said.

“We try to direct this money to areas based on several factors, such as income and the community demographics,” Johnson said. “We want to be able to help as many people in as large of an area as possible.”

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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