Applications still being taken for county’s owner-occupied housing rehab program

YORK – Applications are still being taken for the county’s ongoing owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program.

The program is being administered by the Southeast Nebraska Development District (SENDD).

Eligible homeowners may receive assistance to make structural, mechanical, electrical, weatherization and plumbing improvements to their homes.

Applicants at or below 100% of the median household income of York County, adjusted for family size, may be eligible:

  • One person, $53,313
  • Two people, $60,938
  • Three people: $68,563
  • Four people: $76,125
  • Five people: $82,250
  • Six people: $88,312
  • Seven people: $94,438
  • Eight people: $100,500

The property eligibility is that the housing units must be located within the municipalities within York County. There are certain eligibility requirements, including income, assets and homeownership. Mobile homes and rental properties are not eligible for participation in the program.

Financial assistance per household generally ranges from $5,000 to $23,000 for each unit.

The maximum amount of assistance is $24,999.

If a home cannot be determined to meet basic standards with $24,999 in assistance, the unit will not qualify for assistance.

This week, Ryan Bauman, SENDD housing coordinator, met with the York County Commissioners to provide an update on the program.

He said seven projects have been completed so far and five were just awarded.

So far, they’ve received 28 applications – 12 have been approved. Of the total applications, he said one came from Benedict, three were in Bradshaw, eight were in Gresham, three were in Henderson and 13 came from York. The four remaining communities in the county have had no applications so far.

He said $229,000 remains available for housing rehabilitation projects.

Bauman said he encourages people to apply for the funds, if they qualify. “This is a great chance to help people get work done on their homes. It is a great program, a great opportunity. And don’t worry about providing your financial information to us – not one person in the SENDD office cares about what you make. And that information is kept private. We just want to help and we will see if we can help you get some work done. There are still plenty of houses around York County that need work. Just apply, there’s no harm in it.”

He also said in most instances, homeowners rarely have to pay anything out of pocket for the work that’s done – only if the project cost goes over the maximum granted money of $24,999.

For more information about making an application, contact Ryan Bauman, SENDD housing coordinator, at rbauman@sendd.org. Or call the SENDD offices at 402-475-2560 or the York County Clerk’s office at 402-362-7759.

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