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Douglas County receives $2M in housing grants

Community Development Block Grant funding helps low- to moderate-income homeowners and home buyers in 10-county region.

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SUPERIOR — Douglas County has been awarded $2 million to help low- to moderate-income families buy homes or make critical repairs.

Gov. Tony Evers announced the Community Development Block Grant award funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday, March 10.

“For so many hardworking Wisconsinites across our state, home ownership is a measure of personal success and growth for their families,” Evers said in a news release. “It’s a tool that helps them put down roots, find financial stability, and build generational wealth for those who come after them. By helping folks buy homes or make important repairs to their current homes, these grants will help more families and individuals have a safe place that they are proud to call home.”

Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Wisconsin’s CDBG Small Cities Housing Program provides housing rehabilitation funds to seven regions on a biannual basis. This year’s grants provide more than $17.2 million to these regional housing programs provide zero percent interest, deferred payment loans to low- and moderate-income households for down payment assistance when purchasing a home or to make critical repairs.

The Northwest Regional Planning Commission administers the funds on behalf Douglas County to people who live in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor and Washburn counties.

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For information about programs available, contact housing development specialist Kimberly Gifford at 715-635-2197 or kgifford@nwrpc.com .

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