Tri States Public Radio Staff
12 Homes Could Be Improved
Fri January 27, 2012
Carthage Will Seek Home Rehabilitation Grant
Carthage is working with the Western Illinois Regional Council to secure a grant for home rehabilitation. The city hopes to secure at least a $250,000 grant.
Mayor Jim Nightingale said the city has successfully applied for federal Community Development Block Grants on three occasions. He said the program does more than spruce up a home.
He said, “It seems like it gives people a little bit more pride and they tend to keep their homes up after they get these improvements. So I think it's a big plus for our community.”
WIRC has begun surveying residents to gauge the interest in the program. The organization sent out 536 surveys; 132 were returned.
The funds would re-habilitate about a dozen homes. The grant money would pay for improvements like weatherization, plumbing, electrical and roof repairs.