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New Fairfield Homeowners: Grab Your Waitlist Spot For Renovation Grant

No-interest loans will be available for about 10 New Fairfield families to make home repairs as part of the Community Development Block Grant program.
No-interest loans will be available for about 10 New Fairfield families to make home repairs as part of the Community Development Block Grant program. Photo Credit: File

NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- New Fairfield residents could be eligible to receive a Community Development Block Grant to rehabilitate their homes.

The town has applied for a $400,000 CDBG grant for homeowners who may apply now to get on a waiting list, according to an announcement by First Selectman Susan Chapman.

As part of the award, the town of New Fairfield is seeking interested parties to develop a waiting list of property owners interested in participating in the program.

The grant usually serves approximately ten households on a first come first serve basis. The purpose of this grant is to provide funds for low and moderate income homeowners to make needed repairs to their homes.

To be eligible, an applicant must meet three requirements:

  • Homeowners must have an annual income that does not exceed $54,250 for a single household or $77,500 for a household of four,
  • Have 10 percent equity in the home,
  • Be up to date on municipal taxes.

One of the benefits of this grant is that the money goes out as loans – at zero percent interest and is not due and payable until the house changes title. For homeowners who cannot obtain funds through bank loans, this program is an option that requires no out of pocket costs.

The grant also allows the Town to establish a revolving loan fund in perpetuity to provide assistance to additional residents who need home repairs. Some possible uses that have been identified include replacing failed furnaces, roofs, windows, and septic system repairs.

These funds can provide for ADA modifications to homes as well, such as entrance ramps and bathroom modifications.

To be eligible for this grant, the town must demonstrate that there is a demand and need for this program, that residents would welcome this assistance and would take advantage of the program to rehabilitate their homes.

Be the first on the list by filling out a Letter of Interest. Note: the Letter of Interest does not commit you to participate in the program, only to place your name on a waiting list.

Click the town's website here to fill out a Letter of Interest” that can be submitted electronically.  Visit the “Housing Rehab Program” link on the homepage.

Also, anyone considering taking advantage of this program may contact Regina Doran, Assistant to the First Selectman at (203) 312-5600 or call Small Cities Consultants Lisa Low & Associates at 203-888-5624.

The deadline for submitting a letter of interest is March 31.

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