Jan 24, 2023

Board of County Commissioners approves SCKEDD ARPA program

Posted Jan 24, 2023 7:06 PM

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Board of County Commissioners tabled two of the three ARPA Subrecipient Agreements it was set to approve on Tuesday.

The agreement with Interfaith Housing for $4,000,000 was tabled, as well as the agreement with United Way of Reno County for $4,500,000 regarding childcare.

The commissioners voted unanimously to approve the subrecipient agreement with SCKEDD for $500,000.

That agreement is for a Housing Resurgence Program that is designed to turn blighted houses into attractive, energy efficient homes that will be sold to owner-occupied buyers.

The target buyer is the teacher, skilled technician, accountant and others ready to own homes in Reno County. SCKEDD will provide $5,000 in down payment assistance to each buyer and also work to leverage local lenders and down payment assistance programs to help buyers avoid Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).

SCKEDD would help with preparation of bidding specifications with cost estimates for each property to be rehabilitated. It is expected that the rehab cost will not normally exceed $75,000 per property and that there would be five to eight properties per program year.

The intent is to use ARPA funds to buy an initial group of five homes. The five homes will be completed and sold on or before December 31, 2026.

The program then would sustain itself with additional home sales going forward after that.

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