Three apply for Missaukee housing assistance

January 3, 2019

By John Raffel

It’s a new year, but Missaukee County administrator Precia Garland and her housing committee continues to stay busy.

“We had a meeting and reviewed three new applications for assistance,” Garland said on Wednesday. “One has been tentatively approved. The second one, the property owners have been given authorization to solicit bids for the requested improvements. A third one was temporarily disqualified because the person doesn’t meet all the terms to qualify for the program.

“The project has to be of an emergency nature. Usually we’re dealing with furnaces that are no longer working or at the end of their useful life, roofs are leaking, wells are no longer producing water. The individual has to qualify on an income basis but there are a few other things where they have to satisfy us as well, such as their property taxes can’t be delinquent. So we review all of the criteria.”

The monies for the program, Garland noted, are referred to as program income.

“It’s money Missaukee County receives, originally federally sourced. It’s channelled through the state and the state makes grants to the county,” Garland said. “It’s called program income. As long as the county collects less than $35,000 a year for program income, we can administer the emergency grant program.”

As for the county commission, Garland said the capital improvement plan will be reviewed in the spring.

“It will go to the planning commission in February for review at a public hearing and then the planning commission will recommend it with or without amendments to the Board of Commissioners for adoption in March,” she said. “The plans right now includes a little over $2.3 million in various capital improvements.”

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