Commissioners approve federal grant for housing revitalization project

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The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court unanimously approved Dec. 6 a yearlong agreement with Fort Bend Community Revitalization Projects to administer a community development program.

The county received $231,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fund home repairs for low- to moderate-income homeowners.

The grant includes $41,250 in salary and travel expenses for the program’s executive director, $96,000 to repair roofs, $47,000 for interior repair projects and $40,000 for exterior repair projects. The remaining funds are earmarked for professional fees, lead testing, financial contract services and supplies.

The agreement calls for improvements to be made on at least 40 houses. To qualify for funds, a house must be a single-family home and the owner’s primary residence. Each house approved for assistance will be allotted up to $5,000.

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