Colorado Springs provides $500,000 to improve single-family housing stock
****The City of Colorado Springs is providing $500,000 to rehabilitate single-family housing under a program managed by housing nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment
*** The City is using federal funds and Brothers’ expertise to make essential repairs at homes of low- and moderate-income residents
**Brothers Redevelopment will vet homeowner applications and use an open bidding process to choose among approved, qualified contractors and service providers to complete 50 to 65 projects
*For Brothers services, please call toll-free at Colorado Housing Connects, 1-844-926-6632, or email email@example.com
Colorado Springs, June 4 — The City of Colorado Springs is providing $500,000 from its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in a major effort to improve single-family housing stock for its low- to moderate-income city residents between now and March 2019.
The City of Colorado Springs has selected trusted Front Range housing nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment Inc. to manage 50 to 65 projects at single-family homes. The work includes making essential repairs, correcting substandard or unsafe conditions, removal of any mobility barriers for the disabled and improvement of energy efficiency. Brothers continues to offer emergency water, sewer and heating system repairs through this program.
Under the new grant program, Brothers Redevelopment staff will review completed applications and give priority to households with elderly homeowners or disabled family members. Income-qualified households will be contacted by a housing rehabilitation coordinator to schedule an initial inspection of the home.
Residents who may apply for funds include those homeowners whose incomes are at or below the area median income (AMI), which is $38,850 for a family of four. The home must be the owner’s primary residence, lie within city limits and have a value that does not exceed $251,750, as stated on the El Paso County Assessor Public Record Search.
Brothers Redevelopment is no stranger to Colorado Springs residents. During the past three years, the nonprofit has been working with the city through its community development program to repair and stabilize homes. Last year, more than 50 households in Colorado Springs (and 12 in unincorporated El Paso County) benefitted from the program.
In late 2017, Brothers Redevelopment opened a Colorado Springs office and began providing free housing and rental counseling to residents. This year, the agency plans to offer its popular Paint-A-Thon in the area — a program that recruits teams of volunteers to paint the homes of income-qualified senior and disabled homeowners at no charge.
“Brothers Redevelopment is honored to play a greater role in housing preservation for Colorado Springs residents,: said Brothers Redevelopment President Jeff Martinez. “Through our efforts, we hope to help homeowners stay in their homes longer and more safely, and to stabilize neighborhoods throughout the city.”
Complete information on eligibility and the application process is provided on the Colorado Springs website. (coloradosprings.gov/community-development/page/application-programs). Residents can download an application at the city site or request one from Brothers Redevelopment, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Colorado Housing Connects, 1-844-926-6632.
If interested in applying, submit a completed and signed application by mail to Brothers Redevelopment Inc., 2250 Eaton St. Garden Level B, Edgewater, CO 80214; or, send it by fax to 303-274-1314.
Brothers’ Home Modification and Repair Department (HMR) will develop an open and competitive bidding process to create a list of qualified, licensed and insured contractors to carry out projects under the program.
To receive more information about the program, or to learn more about Brothers Redevelopment’s comprehensive housing programs and services, such as its Aging In Place Initiative for seniors, please call Colorado Housing Connects, 1-844-926-6632, or visit brothersredevelopment.org.
About Brothers Redevelopment Inc.— Established in 1971, this Front Range nonprofit provides a range of housing solutions for the region’s low-income, elderly and disabled residents.