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Menahga, Sebeka, Nimrod apply for housing grants

Menahga has agreed to join Sebeka in applying for a $1.4 million housing redevelopment grant from the Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Jenny Hoppe, a Sebeka Horizons representative, said members of the group are also asking the city of Nimrod to be part of the coalition. Menahga will need to contribute between $500 and $1,000 to have the grant written.

Area cities such as Wadena and Verndale have received similar grants and Hoppe said the coalition of Menahga, Sebeka and Nimrod should have a good chance of receiving it because it is an economically poor area. Also, these cities haven't applied for a DEED grant before.

If the cities received the Small Cities Development Program grant, homeowners would apply to receive the funding, which would include a low interest loan and the potential to have part of the loan forgiven after seven years, Hoppe said. Sebeka would administer the funds.

A meeting has been set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9 at the Sebeka Legion to define priority areas within each of the cities. Hoppe said anyone is welcome to attend.

The priority areas will need to be within the city limits and there will be income guidelines. If the money is received it will need to be used within two years.

Hoppe said local contractors would be used for the home improvements.

The short application for the grant needs to be submitted by September. If the short application is approved, the cities can submit a long application.

Most likely the grant funding would be available in the summer of 2011, Hoppe said.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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