Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

August 29, 2013

HOME grants change lives

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Two meetings will take place Wednesday to tell Corsicana residents about the next round of HOME grant opportunities.

HOME grants are used to demolish a bad or substandard house and replace it with a new brick house free of charge.

“We hope to do 11 houses in this round,” said Ken Hamner, the grant manager. “We had two contracts previously. This time, it’s just one contract.”

The houses are typically three bedroom, about 1,066 square feet, with brick exteriors and new appliances, central air and heat, and insulation in the attic space. They cost between $70,000 and $80,000 to build, according to builder Don D’Amico of Celina.

Residents must own their own home, be on a limited budget, and be caught up on all their property taxes. The income limit for one person is $29,250 a year, or $33,400 for a couple.

It’s currently unclear how many new houses will be built from the grant, but the city is shooting for 11 new homes.

“There’s no specific amount of money or number of houses,” Hamner said. “We just try to go until the state says ‘whoa, we’re out of money.’”

The informational meetings are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Corsicana Government Center, 200 N. 12th St.

People who can’t attend one of the meetings can still apply by calling Kelisha Burnett at (903) 664-4860 for a form.

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