The Montague-based Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority is seeking Heath and Hawley residents to apply for zero-interest loans for home improvement projects.
Thanks to funding from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority offers zero-interest loans to qualifying homeowners for construction projects that bring their homes up to code. Brian McHugh, the housing authority’s director of community development, said the goal is to support 16 projects, but only eight have been funded so far — seven in Heath and one in Hawley.
The program started in March 2021 with $876,713 and $352,778 is left over from the CDBG grant. While this particular funding can only be used in Heath and Hawley, the housing authority provides a similar program to 24 towns throughout Franklin County.
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