Town of Orleans applying for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation grant

ORLEANS – The Town of Orleans intends to sponsor an application to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis for the purpose of an owner-occupied housing rehabilitation grant through the Affordable Housing Program. 

The grant, if awarded, will provide rehabilitation on houses owned by low- and moderate-income persons living within the corporate limits of Orleans. the town is targeting at least 20 percent of the houses assisted towards the disabled and/or elderly (62 and older).

The town will accept applications from any homeowner within the corporate limits. you must own the house, be living in the house, contract sales are not eligible, and single-wide trailers are not eligible. The property can not be located in a 100-year floodplain. The housing unit must be covered by homeowner’s insurance and property taxes and mortgages must be current.  Assistance is based upon household size and income.

The town officials are working with the Southern Indiana Development Commission to qualify homeowners for assistance.

If you are interested in being considered for this program, call the Southern Indiana Development commission at 812- 295-3707 and speak with Jenny Dearwester, housing program manager. If she is not available, leave her a message. Dearwester will take applications for assistance over the phone. 

If the project is awarded, the following information will be required for a complete application: copy of recorded deed; proof of property insurance; and 2021 social security and/or SSI income (if applicable).