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County offers home repair grants for senior citizens

Senior citizens in Osage County who need home repairs might be eligible for assistance of up to $3,500 through a grant program offered by the county.

Osage County has partnered with Homestead Affordable Housing Inc., a non-profit organization that assists seniors and others with housing, federal home loans and grants, to offer emergency home repair grants to Osage County citizens.

To be eligible for the home repair grants, participants must be 55 years old or older, own their own home, have household income of less than $32,000 annually, and need home repairs that are considered as an emergency or necessary to make the home livable.

Participants must make application through Osage County Economic Development. The application process includes an interview with Stephanie Watson, county economic development director, who will provide credit counseling and information about avoiding senior scams.

Watson said the type of repairs applicants are seeking will be evaluated to ensure they meet the criteria of the program. She said grants have been provided for repairs such as weatherization, roofing, painting and other exterior repairs. Applicants must obtain bids for the work and provide that information as part of the application process.

Watson said in addition to identifying eligible participants for the program, the county is also seeking local contractors that offer the types of home repairs covered by the grant program.

For more information, applicants or contractors can contact Watson at 785-828-3242 or [email protected].

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