HOME REHAB PROGRAM

Program Description

 Give your older home in Almena, Lenora or Norton a major upgrade and receive a rebate grant of up to 10% for material purchases. Home must be owner-occupied, and eligible upgrades must qualify as a major rehabilitation project with material purchases exceeding $20,000. 

Program Parameters

  1. Properties must be owner-occupied and located within city limits of Almena, Lenora or Norton. 

  2. Rebate: 

    • 8.5% of material purchases if less than 90% locally purchased. Paid upon evidence of project completion to Housing Rehab Committee (“Committee”) and applies only to material costs, which must be documented by contractor/homeowner, and must exceed $20,000 per approved project.

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Or 10.0% of material purchases if over 90% locally purchased. Paid upon evidence of project completion by Committee and applies only to material costs, which must be documented as 90% purchased from Norton County retailers by contractor/homeowner and must exceed $20,000 per approved project. 

3.  Homeowner/contractor must be able to demonstrate to Committee a level of experience in the area of      property rehab or present a plan utilizing contracted resources to accomplish the rehab process. 

Program Process  

  1. Homeowner submits an application complete with all required items to the NC/CED office for Housing Rehab Committee review. 

  2. The Committee approves or rejects the application and notifies homeowner. 

  3. Before/after photos furnished for documentation. 

  4. Rebate paid to homeowner. 

 

Eligible Upgrades

Structural: Foundations; Sagging/rotten beams, joints and columns; stairs/porches; roofs/chimneys; flooring. 

Energy Conservation: Insulation of ceilings & walls; repair/replacement of windows and doors; caulking/weather stripping; removal & installation of new roof covering; painting/replacement of siding/trim. 

Modernization: Plumbing and plumbing fixtures; furnace and water heaters; air conditioning; lighting and wiring; repairing of walls, ceilings and floors. 

Examples:

Total Rehab Project cost = $50,000 and material cost = $20,000 (less than 90% local content) ​​

Rebate Grant = $20,000 x 8.5% = $1,700 

 

Total Rehab Project cost = $100,000 and material cost = $55,000 (over 90% local content) 

Rebate Grant = $55,000 x 10% = $5,500 

Application Review Process

The Norton County Housing Rehab Committee will review all applications for this program and make recommendations to NC/CED.

 

This Committee will also review status of ongoing rehab projects and advise the owners, contractors, NC Housing Rehab Committee and/or NC/CED Board accordingly.