Deadline near for Decatur home repair program

Decatur city officials are seeking qualified low- to moderate-income homeowners interested in participating in a program that could see the city provide up to $25,000 in grant funds for certain basic home repairs.
    With a Tuesday deadline looming, time is running short for applicants, however.
    The city was recently named a finalist in the Stellar Community grant program, and one of the projects that is part of that application is the Decatur Senior Home Accessibility and Repair Program — or SHARP.
    Any Decatur resident may apply to the SHARP program, but priority will be given to homeowners in the Stellar project area — bordered by 3rd Street, 7th Street, Adams Street and Jackson Street. The city will provide up to $25,000 in grant funds toward  basic repairs to homes, with the stipulation that homeowners agree to live in the residence for up to three years after the work completion date. That requirement will be secured by a recorded lien that will be placed on participating homes.
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