Roseburg, OR (May 21, 2019) – Earlier last year, City of Roseburg was awarded a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to repair and rehabilitate homes in the Cities of Roseburg, Winston, and Myrtle Creek. The City of Roseburg is partnering with the City of Myrtle Creek and the City of Winston to sub-grant funds to NeighborWorks Umpqua (NWU), a certified non-profit organization authorized by the State to carry out housing rehabilitation activities on behalf of the Cities. The Cities and NWU would like to announce the start of open enrollment for persons interested in participating in the program. NWU will handle application intake and work with homeowners to select the best contractor for their project. Funds from CDBG will repair between 20 – 30 homes over the course of the program.

The award provides grants to low and moderate income residents to repair owner-occupied homes using construction contractors licensed by the Oregon Construction Contractors Board and the Oregon Corporate Division.  This is an equal employment opportunity and any interested contractor is invited to bid on a project, subject to property owner approval.  All jobs will be awarded through a competitive bid process.

“We are excited to begin the work in partnership with the Cities of Myrtle Creek, Winston, and Roseburg in earnest,” explains NWU Communications Specialist Nick Noyes. “We knew the process would take a little bit of time to finalize and we are so excited to begin taking applications. If you make 80% or less of the area median income and meet the qualifications of the program, you need to apply today. The funding will be allocated very quickly.”

Home repair projects must be within city limits of Roseburg, Winston, or Myrtle Creek.  The typical scope of work for these projects include roof replacements, rot repairs, window replacements, and plumbing/HVAC/electrical fixes. Homes must be owner-occupied; in some cases manufactured housing in parks may qualify. To apply, visit https://www.nwumpqua.org/repair-your-home/. For more information make sure to contact NeighborWorks Umpqua through emailing info@nwumpqua.org or calling 541-673-4909.