SNAP program to fund local home repairs

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, October 27, 2015

NATCHEZ — The City of Natchez is once again partnering with two local banks to apply for funding to help repair houses of local elderly and disabled residents.

Community Development Director James Johnston said the city is partnering with Concordia Bank & Trust and Home Bank to apply for money to make repairs to 10 to 15 houses.

The funding would come from the Special Needs Assistance Program of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas.

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The SNAP program distributes grants through its local member banks to qualifying residents, including elderly and disabled, for needed health and safety repairs to their houses. Eligible repairs include the replacement of old, leaky roofs, electrical and plumbing repairs and upgrades, the replacement of open flame heaters and upgrades associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

To qualify for the SNAP program, applicants must own their house, which must be the homeowner’s primary residence and be located within the Natchez city limits. Applicants must meet the program’s income limits based on household size, provide a copy of the deed to their house and agree to sign a five-year deed restriction.

SNAP worksheets can be picked up at the Department of Planning and Community Development in the Natchez City Hall at 124 S. Pearl St. Worksheets will be reviewed on a first-come, first-received basis.

Since 2013, 73 local households have received funding assistance from the SNAP program totaling more than $349,000.

Applications will be submitted to the Federal Home Loan Bank on Jan. 4, 2016, for funding consideration.