FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 27, 2000
The State of Wisconsinís Division of Housing and
Intergovernmental Relations has awarded Manitowoc County a Community Development
Block Grant through the Emergency Assistance Program (CDBG-EAP) following the
hail and windstorm that occurred in the county, May 12, 2000.
The funds being awarded to the county will be used to assist
in the rehabilitation of housing units damaged during the May 12 storm,
according to Nancy H. Crowley, Manitowoc County Emergency Management Director
Brian Schimming, Administrator of Wisconsin Division of
Housing and Intergovernmental Relations, will present a check for $249,700 to
Manitowoc County Board Chairman Donald Markwardt and St. Nazianz Village
President Pau1 Schnell. Schimming will be available for questions about the
Manitowoc County award and the emergency assistance program.
To be eligible to receive CDBG-SAP funds, the individual
recipient must own and occupy their dwelling unit: the unit must be taxed as
real property, and must be low or moderate income at the time of application for
funds, Crowley said.
In general, CDBG-EAP activities include: repair, restoration
end/or replacement of housing elements and must be in direct response to
disaster damage. Activities which are generally eligible include, but are not
limited to: furnace and water heater replacement, repair of sewer and water
laterals from the lot line to the dwelling unit; well and septic system repair;
repair and/or replacement of structural components; provide housing replacement
funds equal to or less than the pre-disaster fair market value of the damaged
structure: demolition of hazardous structures; and acquisition/relocation.
Crowley said the county is advertising for a contractor to
act as an administrator of the program, An Oversight Citizen Committee was
appointed by the Manitowoc County Board at the September 26 Board meeting, It is
our hope the residents application process will begin in October, Crowley said.