The cities of Allerton and Seymour both were awarded $240,000 of funding through a 2013 Community Development Block Grant written by Chariton Valley Planning & Development Council to repair six owner-occupied homes. This is Seymour’s second award funded through a grant written by CVPD Council for their housing needs. Seymour completed a previous award with the administration and technical assistance provided by CVPD. This is Allerton’s second award funded to the city through the state of Iowa’s CDBG program for their housing needs. A previous award to Allerton in 2003 assisted local homeowners with their housing needs. This program works with local funding and assistance through the Iowa Economic Development Authority that allows for the rehabilitation of six owner-occupied homes. CVPD has recently completed both lead and home inspections for each structure. Those structures that were inspected identified the lead concerns and structural needs that would ensure that the low to moderate income families and/or individuals will be able live in quality housing that meets Iowa’s Minimum Housing Safety Standards. Construction on the rehabilitation is slated to begin by the end of October with estimated completion by the end of the year.
“A small community like Allerton is always looking at how to give back to the community. They are very active with what is needed for community and economic growth; however, it is difficult to obtain funding for individual housing needs, this program is ideal for this need,” explained Nichole Moore, executive director of CVPD. The program strives to improve the efficiency of the structure, to help residents lower their energy bills and create a more affordable and safer way of living.
“It is exciting to work with a proactive community like Seymour on their housing needs. The city is lucky to have a mayor and council that are actively pursuing funding to allow residents to improve the health and safety issues of their homes,” stated Nichole Moore, executive director of CVPD.