Saginaw City Council finalizes details for ARPA Home Rehabilitation Program

SAGINAW, Mich. (WNEM) – Saginaw residents are one step closer to having much-needed repairs done on their homes. The city finalized details for the American Rescue Plan Act Home Rehabilitation Program and made a presentation at Monday night’s City Council meeting outlining when, where and how homeowners can apply for the program.

“We will be accepting applications for furnaces from December 3rd through December 10th. So both Saturday December 3rd and 10th. We will be right here in council chambers. Individuals can call city staff and make an appointment to fill out their application and discuss whether they have additional information,” says Yolanda Bland, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Community Services.

In September, the council awarded $3.8 million in ARPA funds to assist owner-occupiers and assist eligible homeowners with much-needed furnace, roof and window repairs or repairs. The application process will be held in three phases, with the first phase beginning in December with ovens.

“To be eligible for this program, you must be a city resident. It is a requirement. You must prove residency for one year in the home, and this is accomplished through a copy of a deed or bill. You must fall below the ARPA household income limit, which is 300% of LMI, and that was established by the ARPA Act itself,” says Bland. “You must be current on property taxes, water bills, or have completed a MIHAF (Michigan Homeowner Assistance Fund) application.”

One point that raised concerns among councilors was the provision that applicants could only apply for one repair. It’s a point that was made due to rising inflation, as well as an effort to help as many homeowners as possible.

“If my furnace is out and my roof leaks, help me understand. I shouldn’t get no roof; I shouldn’t have no furnace. For what if the roof leaks and it burns that furnace out, we just put in,” says Saginaw City Mayor Brenda Moore.

Although there was much discussion about the process, the council accepted the parameters presented after it was made clear that the program was flexible and changes could be made later.

Along with finalizing the details of the ARPA Home Rehabilitation Program, the City Council also re-elected Mayor Moore to a second term and selected City Councilwoman Annie Boensch as their new Mayor Pro-Tem.

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