Mobile homes will now qualify to be repaired under the county’s emergency repair program.
The intent of the program was to provide funding, with a not-to-exceed amount, to improve the living conditions of homeowners residing in conditions that affect their health, safety and welfare.
Currently, each commissioner is allotted funds in the budget and can make a recommendation to staff to determine if the structure qualifies for improvements under this program.
The staff then determines if the request meets the criteria of this program.
The Emergency Repair Program is modeled after the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Program, as specified in the Gadsden County Local Housing Assistance Plan.
The program allows for the improvement, repairs and accessibility improvements to owner-occupied residences of low- and very-low income persons.
Until this vote was taken the program did not include mobile homes.
The eligible repairs under the program include: plumbing, structural repairs to the roof, ceiling, walls, floors, stairs and other areas where hazards may exist, wheelchair ramps, hand railings, grab bars, kitchen adaptations, bathroom adaptations and doorway widening.
Also included are window repairs, heat installation, electrical repairs if hazards exist, and sewer or septic installation or repairs.
The homeowners must meet specific income and ownership criteria to be eligible for assistance.
The issue passed in a 3-2 vote with commissioners Gene Morgan and Doug Croley voting against the measure.
This year’s budget allows $35,000 for the program and next year’s 2014-15 budget is expected to be $40,000.