FERRIS — The city of Ferris has been awarded a HOME grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

City Manager  Eric Strong said the grant is great for the city and residents of Ferris.

“We’ve been working on this grant for the past seven to eight months,” Strong said. “And we are pleased to announce that we received it.”

Strong said the grant will allow four low income families to receive funding to remodel or rebuild their homes.

“This grant is restricted to residents who fall in the status of low income,” he said. “And whose houses need to be rebuilt. We are not going to force anyone to apply, but we’re expecting a good response.”

Strong said it would be beneficial to residents to apply as soon as possible because the first four families to qualify will be accepted.

Proper documentation is required in order to qualify. Copies of Social Security cards for all people living in the home, copies of photo identification cards for all people 18 or older living in the home, a voter registration card or a utility bill with the homeowner’s name and property address, six months of banking statements, six months of pay stubs, most recent savings account statement, a copy of social security income statement, current year’s tax receipt and a copy of the property deed showing proof of ownership. Depending on the individual’s circumstances, additional documentation may be required.

The application process will take place at Ferris City Hall and could take up to six hours, those interested should plan accordingly.

The HOME program provides assistance for low income families who need their homes repaired to bring them up to city codes and construction specifications.

They also replace homes when the cost of repairs are greater than the allowable limits for repairs. As long as the homeowner owns and occupies the home for a minimum of 15 years, the grant will not have to be repaid.

GrantWorks is the largest writing and management firm in Texas and has been hired to administer the grant.

For more information concerning the application process, homeowners may pick up a flyer at the Ferris City Hall or contact Caley Carmichael of GrantWorks at 512-420-0303 ext. 306.

Contact Melissa at 469-517-1450 or melissa.cade@wninews.com