Century Receives $700K Housing Grant, Accepting Applications

June 19, 2017

The Town of Century is now accepting citizen applications for part of a  $700,000 housing grant, bringing the total housing grants received this year to $1.3 million.

The $700,000 Community Development Block Grant is for housing rehabilitation and replacement. Funds can be used to repair or replace housing damaged in the February 2016 EF-3 tornado, but the funds are not limited to storm recovery.

The Department of Economic Opportunity administers the State Program in Florida through the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program. This is a competitive grant program that awards funds to units of local government in small urban and rural areas.  The program provides an opportunity for communities to obtain funds for projects that they cannot otherwise afford, including rehabilitation of substandard housing.

Recently the town also received $600,483 in emergency funding from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for tornado recovery. The application period for residents closed on May 3; recipients have not yet been announced.

Information to apply for a  portion of the $700,000 in funding is below:

The Town of Century, Florida will begin taking applications for housing  rehabilitation assistance for houses within the Town of Century. To qualify for assistance, the home MUST be located INSIDE the city limits of the Town of Century and must have a total household income at or below the following household size specific income criteria:

Applicants whose total “gross” household income exceeds the Income Limits for their size household will not be considered for rehabilitation grant assistance.
Persons interested in being considered for inclusion in this program must call Samella Myles at the Century Town Hall at (850) 256-3208 between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:30 pm and ask that their name be placed on the housing  assistance waiting list. Only those who call in to Century Town Hall will be placed on the  waiting list. The deadline to be placed on the interested applicant list is Thursday, June 29, 2017.

This is not a first-come, first-served program as the Town has a unit commitment to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity that may necessitate a rating of the applications to determine funding priority; therefore, interested persons wishing to be considered for inclusion in this program should realize that only a limited number of participants with the greatest need will be approved for  participation and that very low income households will be given preference. It is important to note that being placed on the list and/or filling out an application does  not mean that you will be approved for rehabilitation grant assistance.

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