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Natchez accepting special needs assistance applications for home repairs

NATCHEZ — The City of Natchez is partnering with Concordia Bank & Trust and Home Bank to prepare and submit an Affordable Housing Program application for the Special Needs Assistance Program set aside in mid-May.

The AHP, SNAP grants will be awarded to assist special needs households, including people 55 years and older and the mentally or physically disabled, to make needed health and safety repairs to their homes, officials said.

This program targets families whose incomes are 50% of median income based on household size.

“To pre-qualify for the Affordable Housing Program, the total income for a one-person household can not exceed $17,350, which is 50% of the median income of Adams County,” said James Johnston, of the Natchez Department of Planning and Community Development. “Currently, the average income of those persons that have pre-qualified and are on our waiting list is $12,640, which is only 36.5% of the median income for Adams County.”

In addition to the income requirement, for a homeowner to be eligible to participate in the AHP SNAP set-aside, an applicant must own his or her home, and the home must be his or her primary residence located within the city limits of Natchez.

Examples of eligible home repairs include replacing a worn roof; electrical and plumbing repairs; ADA upgrades; and replacing non-compliant open-flame heaters.

Selected participants must also complete a budget management and home improvement course at no cost to the program participant.

Please call the Department of Planning & Community Development at 601-445-7518 to get AHP SNAP set-aside worksheets.

Returned worksheets and requested documents will be reviewed on a first-come, first-received basis, with approximately 20 homeowners being selected to participate in the program.