11/2/2011 10:01:00 PM Prescott Valley housing rehab program benefits homeowners, contractors
Ken Hedler/The Daily Courier
Prescott Valley building inspector Mark Kramer, left, discusses the bidding document for repair work in the home of Barbara and Bill Jayne Monday while Wayne Walker of Abstract Construction Co. Inc. of Prescott listens. Kramer and town planner Ruth Mayday conducted a pre-bidding conference for three homes that need repair work.
NACOG applies for housing rehab program grant
The Northern Arizona Council of Governments is applying for $300,000 through the Arizona Department of Housing to pay for housing rehabilitation aid to low- and moderate-income homeowners in Yavapai and Navajo counties.
The improvements are designed to remedy health and safety issues, and bring their homes up to code.
Homeowners must sign a five- to 15-year forgivable lien depending on the investment amount in the property.
NACOG is accepting applications from interested homeowners to determine whether they qualify and to place qualified homeowners on a waiting list for housing rehab aid if NACOG receives the grant.
The income limit in Yavapai County is $31,750 for a single-person household, $36,300 for two people and $45,350 for a four-person household.
Homeowners who are poor, elderly and disabled receive priority.
For additional information or to request an application, contact Tracy Bouvier, NACOG program specialist, at (928) 213-5240.
Ken Hedler The Daily Courier
PRESCOTT VALLEY - More than 10 men representing general contractors and the trades visited three homes here Monday afternoon to determine whether they want to bid on the work.
"Work is very scarce," said Bob Anderson, owner of Koyuk in Paulden. "We take any work we can get."
Anderson and the other contractors responded to a legal advertisement by attending a pre-bid conference with Community Development Department staffers who oversee the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program.
The contractors and subcontractors took part in walkthroughs at homes on Northridge and Manley drives and Moonlight Way.
The department received $300,000 in grant money from the Arizona Department of Housing to pay for repairing manufactured and conventional homes and replacing manufactured homes, planner Ruth Mayday said. Homeowners who meet income requirements qualify for repair work for a maximum of $25,000 and as much as $35,000 to replace a manufactured home.
The town has spent about one-third of the allotment, Mayday said. She added the town will have enough money for five to seven homes after awarding a contractor who submits the lowest responsive bid for the three homes by 3:30 p.m. next Monday.
The contractors made their first stop at a manufactured home that Bill and Barbara Jayne, both 80, own in Shadow Mountain Park south of Highway 69 off Windsong Drive.
Barbara Jayne said she has lived in the singlewide home, which has an add-on, since 1994. She said Bill is legally blind and has Parkinson's disease.
"What you see in here is what we have," she said. She pointed out some work that needs to be done in the house, including replacing a ramp and some of the carpeting.
She met with building inspector Mark Kramer, who went over the bidding document with the assembled contractors.
The 42-page bidding document, which encompasses all three homes, covers plumbing, electrical, heating, doors and windows, flooring, painting and roofing.
The housing rehabilitation work is great for the homeowners who benefit, said Tom Holliday of Holliday Properties & Development in Chino Valley.
"It's reinvesting back into the community," Holliday said. He added he hires local subcontractors to do plumbing, electrical, painting and flooring.
He estimated that it would take three to four weeks to fix up the Jayne home.
Barbara Jayne said she is happy the town selected her home for a rehab project.
"Things now are being brought up to code," she said. "It makes us feel safer."
She mentioned a fire that started with a stove five years ago and did extensive damage to the house. She and Bill stayed in a motel for a month while they awaited repairs, which their insurance covered.
The Jaynes and others qualified for the housing program because they own their homes and met the income requirements.
The requirements adhere to U.S. Department of Housing Development standards, Mayday said. For instance, the annual income limit for a household of four people is in the mid-$40,000 range.
Mayday said a waiting list exists for the program, and urged homeowners who are interested to call her at 758-3058 or the main number for Community Development at 759-3050.