City of Lake Charles accepting applications for homeowner grants - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

City of Lake Charles accepting applications for homeowner reconstruction grant program

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The city of Lake Charles has announced they are seeking applications from qualified city residents to participate in the homeowner rehabilitation and reconstruction grant program.  

"We take that grant and actually reconstruct a home for the elderly, disabled, single parents and head of households," said Director of Community Development and Services, Esther Vincent. 

"We demolish the house. We reconstruct a brand new house for them to live in," Vincent said. "It's two bedrooms, a handicapped bathroom, living room and kitchen which is -- when you talk about the elderly and disabled -- about all that they need."

To be eligible for the program, residents must meet a certain living status: elderly, disabled, live in a single parent or head of household home, and the resident can't be receiving housing assistance under another city program.

Residents also have to meet income requirements: having a cumulative gross annual income falling within current Section 8 limitations, as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Homeowners must own 50 percent or more of interest in the property, occupying that property for at least one year prior to the application. 

"The fact that we would have so many citizens, be it elderly or disabled who are not getting that good quality of life, so we work with them, because we really believe everyone should have that," Vincent said. 

More information about the program and how to apply can be found on the city's website here.

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