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Roseburg applies for housing rehab grant

December 20, 2017 GMT

The city of Roseburg is applying for $400,000 in housing rehabilitation grants offered by Business Oregon.

The City Council held a public hearing Tuesday for the grants, which finance loans for low- to moderate-income homeowners to repair their owner-occupied homes using contractors licensed with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board and the Oregon Corporate Division.

Following the hearing, which had no members of the public commenting, the Roseburg City Council voted to authorize the city to apply for the funding.

The grant program does not have a matching fund requirement, and no city funds would be used other than staff time, according to a city memo.

Funds would be available in spring of 2018, City Manager Lance Colley said.

Funds would go to either residential rehab in Winston, Myrtle Creek, or Roseburg. Colley said there were people in Roseburg who would qualify for the assistance.

NeighborWorks Umqua, a nonprofit organization, would administer the grants. Roseburg is partnering with the city of Myrtle Creek and the city of Winston, according to a city memo on the grant application. Colley estimated that 20 to 40 home rehabs could be done with the funding.

By applying this year, the city avoids a cut in half of the amount of grant funds available in 2018, which would be capped at $200,000.