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Help for home repairs

Does your home need a fix-up but you're strapped for cash?

A program is available for Osakis residents that can get the job done.

The Douglas County Housing and Redevelopment Authority offers several grant programs for low to moderate income homeowners in Osakis.

The grants can be used to address long overdue home improvement and safety issues. Owners can be approved for grants ranging from $4,000 to $27,000 or more, depending on need and household income.

The programs provide qualified homeowners living in Osakis to make repairs or replacements to large project items such as roofs, new windows and doors, insulation, siding replacement and new furnaces.

Smaller items such as flooring, plumbing, and electrical issues can also be funded by the programs. Items such as Jacuzzi tubs, additions to homes (except in the case of overcrowding), or repairs to non-attached structures such as sheds or detached garages are not eligible.

Approved applicants will receive a complete inspection of their home conducted by the HRA staff. You will have input on items looked at during the inspection and will be informed if items are eligible at that time. A scope of work will then be created for your home from that information.

Staff will assist you in bidding out the project to licensed contractors, bid selection and contractor warranties. The Douglas County Housing and Redevelopment Authority will oversee the construction of the project and help ensure all items are completed per the bid and applicable building codes.

Once the project is complete, the HRA will make final payment to the contractor and close out your project with you.

To apply for the programs, contact the Douglas County HRA at 320-762-3848, or stop in at 1224 N. Nokomis, P.O. Box 965, Alexandria, MN 56308. The HRA staff will help you to determine which available grants you may be eligible for and the best fit your repair needs.

Apply today; grant funding is limited and allotted on a first come, first serve basis.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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