Some Daviess County residents will be getting some help in fixing up their homes. The Daviess County Commissioners through the Southern Indiana Development Commission is providing housing rehab to 14 owner-occupied homes in the county.

Jenny Dearwister, SIDC housing program manager, says the grant will help people repair and improve their homes. The program is directed toward low income, the disabled, elderly, veterans and homes with single parents and children under 5.

“You pretty much have to own the home, live in the county, have property insurance and meet the income guidelines,” said Dearwister.

The county will be using a $350,000 grant to fix up 14 homes. Those homes are located in Alfordsville, Washington, Odon and Plainville. In addition, SIDC is looking to convert $41,138 from a previous housing grant for Daviess County into this project.

In a county that is struggling to provide enough housing the grant program will help upgrade homes that needed some help to remain livable.

“SIDC continues to bring money into the county,” said President of the Daviess County Commissioners Nathan Gabhart. “They are talking about doing some rehab on some houses and getting rid of the lead paint.”

That rehab though can include new windows, roofs, doors and a lot of other things that can turn troubled houses into snug homes.

“This is a great thing to help some of the most vulnerable, the owner occupied who literally need a hand up and that’s what these dollars are for,” said Gabhart. “At the end of the day we will have 14 houses that are better than they were before. What a gift to those folks. That’s a big help.”

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