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Woburn Housing Rehabilitation Program
The City of Woburn has been awarded a $756,750 FY 2008 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), to set up a program to assist eligible Woburn property owners with the cost of home repairs.  The Woburn Redevelopment Authority made the applications available on August 3, 2009.  By the deadline of September 2, 2009, a total of 141 applications were received.  A public lottery was held on September 10, 2009 in the City Council Chambers in Woburn City Hall. which established the order of the applications on the waiting list. 

Starting the week of September 14,
the WRA will start at the top of the list and begin processing the applications, making sure that each property meets the income eligibility requirements, and other criteria.  Once an application has been determined to be eligible, a rehabilitation specialist will be sent out to inspect the property, and identify the work that needs to be done. The WRA will continue to process applications until the funds are exhausted.  It is estimated that between 16 to 20 applications will receive funding in this round.

Assistance
WHRP assistance is limited to one- to four-family residential properties. Ten percent of the funds- approximately $60,000- will be available to respond to applicants outside of the target area with emergency repair needs. The WRA will continue to accept applications from property owners; however, these applications will be added to the bottom of the waiting list as they come in. The WRA has retained the firm of Community Opportunities Group, a consulting firm with over thirty years of experience in CDBG program administration, to implement the WHRP program.

A Fact Sheet has been prepared in order to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the program’s income eligibility limits, target area boundaries, and other guidelines and procedures. This Fact Sheet for the Woburn Housing Rehabilitation Program (WHRP) is available for download from the Document Center, or by clicking on the link, below:

The City of Woburn has been awarded a $756,750 FY 2008 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), to set up a program to assist eligible Woburn property owners with the cost of home repairs.  The Woburn Redevelopment Authority made the applications available on August 3, 2009.  By the deadline of September 2, 2009, a total of 141 applications were received.  A public lottery was held on September 10, 2009 in the City Council Chambers in Woburn City Hall. which established the order of the applications on the waiting list. Starting the week of September 14,

The WRA will start at the top of the list and begin processing the applications, making sure that each property meets the income eligibility requirements, and other criteria.  Once an application has been determined to be eligible, a rehabilitation specialist will be sent out to inspect the property, and identify the work that needs to be done. The WRA will continue to process applications until the funds are exhausted.  It is estimated that between 16 to 20 applications will receive funding in this round.
   
Fund Schedule
WHRP assistance is limited to one- to four-family residential properties. Ten percent of the funds- approximately $60,000- will be available to respond to applicants outside of the target area with emergency repair needs. The WRA will continue to accept applications from property owners; however, these applications will be added to the bottom of the waiting list as they come in. The WRA has retained the firm of Community Opportunities Group, a consulting firm with over thirty years of experience in CDBG program administration, to implement the WHRP program.

A Fact Sheet has been prepared in order to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the program’s income eligibility limits, target area boundaries, and other guidelines and procedures. This Fact Sheet for the Woburn Housing Rehabilitation Program (WHRP) is available for download from the Document Center, or by clicking on the link, below: