St. Joseph approved for home improvement grant

A federal grant will help low- and moderate-income St. Joseph homeowners repair and improve their homes.

The city of St. Joseph and the Central Minnesota Housing Partnership have been approved for a grant of $178,624. There are some final steps to complete before the money is available from Minnesota’s Small Cities Development Program.

The program provides homeowners with zero-interest, forgivable seven-year loans. Eligible improvements include roofing, siding, window and door replacements and furnaces. To be eligible, homeowners must meet income guidelines.

The homes must be in the targeted area (see map below): Starting at the intersection of 12th Avenue SE. and Dale Street moving west to Ninth Avenue SE., including all properties on the south side of Dale Street, then north on Ninth Avenue SE., then west on Dale Street east to Seventh Avenue SE., then north on Seventh Avenue SE. to Callaway Street E.

The area does not include any properties that exit onto Seventh Aveue SE., then east on Callaway Street E., including properties on both sides of Callaway up to 11th Avenue SE.

The area also includes properties that exit onto Ninth Avenue SE., then south on 11th Avenue SE. to Dale Street including properties on both sides of 11th Avenue SE.