JS residents invited to apply for rehab money

JERSEY SHORE — Jersey Shore Borough is accepting applications from low-income homeowners in need of home repairs. A HOME grant has been awarded which will continue what has been a successful owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program. Priority for this grant will be wards 1 and 2, though all borough residents are invited to apply.

Eligible work includes roofing, structural repairs, electrical and plumbing work, furnace replacement, and more. Energy-saving improvements such as replacement windows and storm doors may be included. Accommodations for physical handicaps may be eligible. Inspections for lead-based paint and radon will be conducted and mitigation performed where appropriate.

Homeowners who are accepted for the program will need to commit to a mortgage that is forgiven over a period of five years, during which time there would be a financial consequence to selling the home. There is no cost to owners who continue to live in their homes for a five-year period beginning at contract signing.

SEDA-Council of Governments’ (SEDA-COG) staff will verify applicants’ eligibility, coordinate the property inspections, and oversee the contractor bidding and construction process.

Interested homeowners may contact SEDA-COG’s Sue Goddard at 1-800-326-9310 for a prequalifying application.


r Own the home or have documented Life Rights.

r Meet income requirements based on household size — Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 — Income Limit $33,900, $38,750, $43,600, $48,400, $52,300.

r Must be current on local taxes and municipal utility bills.

r Homeowner’s insurance is required for all, and flood insurance if in flood zone.

For more information, please contact Liz Herman, communications manager, SEDA-Council of Governments, at 570-522-7217 or eherman@seda-cog.org.

SEDA-COG is a regional multi-county development agency, which, under the guidance of a public policy board, provides leadership, expertise and services to communities, businesses, institutions and residents. SEDA-COG seeks to enhance growth opportunities in an environmentally sensitive manner while retaining the region’s predominantly rural character. The organization is both a direct service provider and a link to other resources that can be applied to a wide range of community and economic needs. SEDA-COG also is an advocate for the interests of its communities at the state and federal levels. www.seda-cog.org