SCOTTSBLUFF — Residents who own and occupy their own homes might be eligible for rehabilitation funding under a grant program being considered by the City of Scottsbluff.

Starr Lehl, Scottsbluff’s economic development director, said the city wants to hear from homeowners that might qualify under income guidelines under U.S. Housing and Urban Development.

“The funding is a Community Development Block Grant through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development,” Lehl said. “Homeowners have to qualify based on their income, so it’s pretty limited. For a family of four, the most they could earn is $56,000. Elderly Scottsbluff residents or those on disability could also qualify for the program.”

The city would be the applicant for the grant program, which has a minimum of $250,000 and a maximum of $750,000. The program is fully funded by the federal government and doesn’t require matching funds from the city. However, any cash match would earn additional points when being considered during the application process.

City council members considered whether to participate in the grant program during their July 1 meeting, but wanted to know how many residents might apply before they approved the measure.

The city is facing a July 31 deadline to submit a one-page pre-application to participate in the federal program, so council would need to decide at its July 15 meeting. A full application would then be due on Sept. 30.

Some of the eligible activities under the grant include rehabilitation of the house to promote energy efficiency. Also qualifying is removal of architectural barriers that restrict the mobility and accessibility of elderly and handicapped persons.

Panhandle Area Development District is preparing and submitting the application and any other required documentation for the City of Scottsbluff.

Lehl urges anyone who might be interested in participating in the grant program to contact her at city offices, 308-630-6213 to learn more about eligibility requirements.

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Jerry Purvis is a reporter with the Star-Herald. He can be reached at 308-632-9046 or emailed at jpurvis@starherald.com.

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