Funds available to fix up homes in two U.P. cities

Funds available to fix up homes in two U.P. cities

MARQUETTE COUNTY — Residents of two cities in Marquette County may now have an opportunity to give their homes some tender loving care.

The Marquette County Housing Rehabilitation Program recently received $280,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds from the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority. The funds are available to help fix up single-family homes in Negaunee and Ishpeming.

“We go in, we do an inspection. We take a look at the total house,” said Marquette County Senior Planner Dotty LaJoye. “We look at the roofs, the windows, the doors. We perform a lead paint risk assessment and test for lead paint, and all of those are eligible activities with these grant funds. Getting those houses fixed up makes everybody feel better about their community. Oftentimes, there’s a spin-off effect associated with that, and you see other neighbors that aren’t in this program doing things to their home to improve it as well.”

When everything’s fixed up, a no-interest deferred lien is placed on the property. To qualify for the funds, households need to be at or below eighty percent of the area median income and meet other criteria as well. Applications are considered on a first come, first serve basis, so it’s best to begin the process as soon as possible.

To find out more information, visit housing.mqtco.org or call (906) 225-8197