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Applicants sought for North Lemacks building blitz | News | The Press and Standard

by | January 28, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: January 31, 2016 at 9:49 pm

Lowcountry Council of Governments and Walterboro officials are making their final push to attract homeowners in the North Lemacks Street neighborhood to the second round of exterior home improvements.

The rehab work will be done through the volunteer group Mission Serve during its visit to Walterboro on the week of June 13. Officials hope to have 8-10 homes participating in the building blitz.

In addition to the volunteer labor provided by Mission Serve, the materials are being paid for by a grant awarded to Walterboro by the South Carolina Department of Commerce’s Community Development Block Grant Program.

The rehab work on homes is one facet of the improvements made to the North Lemacks Street neighborhood through the Community Development Block Grant. The grant is in its third and final year.

Rhonda Davis, a community and economic development technician with the Lowcountry Council of Governments, pointed out that last summer, the rehab program worked with Mission Serve to undertake exterior repairs to 10 homes in the neighborhood.

Davis hopes that residents, seeing the results of last year’s building blitz, will seek to apply to participate this year. She said so far, three homeowners have expressed interest in applying. The deadline for applications is Feb. 5.

Because public grant funds are providing the materials, there are several requirements:

 Home must be owner-occupied. Occupant’s name must be on the recorded deed.

 The work cannot be done on vacant homes.

 The occupants must be income-qualifying. (In Colleton County, this means annual household income for a family of four has to be under $37,750.) Income is based on residents over 18 in the home, and the figure is adjusted based on the number of people living in the home.

 The property taxes have to be current on the home.

 If there is a mortgage on the home, the mortgage has to be current.

“If your home has multiple owners, we have to have the notarized consent of the majority of the owners to work on the home,” said Davis.

“We do ask for information to verify income, as well as a copy of your deed, and copies or printouts of utility bills and tax receipts to confirm the home is occupied,” Davis added.

Streets included in project area are: North Lemacks, Savage, Gruber, Pearson, Collins, Grant, Ackerman, Lewis, Durham, Lincoln, Colleton Loop, Wiley, Bethea, Springwood, Witsell, Sweat, Verdier, Park, Valley, Church, Singleton, Margaret, Heyward, Carver, High, Old Air Base, Colleton and Forest Streets and their off-shoots.

“We will accept applications until we have 8-10 homes qualified for the funds and through Mission Serve,” Davis said.

For more information please contact Davis at LCOG, 843-726-5536.

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