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Emergency Home Repair Program – Accepting Applications

As colder weather begins to set in around the MOV, grants are still available to homeowners with specific home repairs that eliminate immediate health and safety concerns to its occupants. The City of Parkersburg is pleased to offer the Emergency Home Repair program. This program is made possible by the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Eligible repairs include;

  • Faulty roof: Serious roof problems due to wind, tree damage, fire, that threatens the intimidate safety or health of the residents.
  • Heating system in winter: (October 1st to May 15th) A homeowners heating system breaks down and requires repair.
  • Air conditioning in summer: (May 16th to September 30th) with a written letter from a licensed physician.
  • Electrical problem: An inadequate electrical problem that creates either a fire or safety hazard.
  • Plumbing problems: The plumbing system in the home needs immediate repair to avoid serious water damage to the structure, or a water utility must be replaced on the home in order to maintain a clean, safe source of water.

The single-family home must located within the corporate limits of Parkersburg, and be owner-occupied (no rentals or land contracts). Eligible homeowners must also be at or below 60% of the area median income ($32,100 for a household of 4). All household income will verified before a project can begin. During the time the Development Department is determining eligibility, a Housing Inspector will assess the issues, determine if repairs are eligible and start addressing the repair procedures according to the situation. All determinations of eligibility are left to the discretion of the Housing Inspector.

Participants will not be required to repay any portion of the grant.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the City of Parkersburg Development Department:

The City of Parkersburg

One Government Square / PO Box 1627

Parkersburg, WV 26102

Phone: (304) 424-8519

Fax: (304) 424-8464

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Construction to Start on Avery St. Enhancement Project

Construction on new ADA sidewalks along Avery Street, from 7th street to 13th Street, is slated to begin on Monday September 10, 2018. Improvements include the installation of new sidewalks, curb cuts, truncated domes, LED street lights and a new curb extension (bulb-out) feature at 10th and Avery. The bulb-out is designed to encourage slower turning speeds in the bend of the road and buffer pedestrians that use Quincy Hill steps for exercise or outdoor recreation. Work will start each day no earlier than 7:00AM and finish by 6:00PM in accordance with City Ordinance 0-621.

Funding for this project is made possible by the a MAP 21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century) Enhancement Grant, which is administered by the West Virginia Department of Transportation – Division of Highways.

For questions regarding the construction schedule, please contact the Engineering Division at 304.424.8568. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the public’s cooperation during the construction project.

Contacts:

Adam Stout
City Engineer
City of Parkersburg
P: 304.424.8578
E: adam.stout@parkersburgwv.gov

Ryan Barber
Development Projects Administrator
City of Parkersburg
P: 304.424.8542
E: ryan.barber@parkersburgwv.gov

Rickie Yeager, AICP
Development Director
City of Parkersburg
P: 304.424.8415
E: rickie.yeager@parkersburgwv.gov

 

 

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Attention First-Time Homebuyers!

The City of Parkersburg, on behalf of the Wood County HOME Consortium administers the Single-Family Housing Opportunity Program (SHOP).

The Program assists households that are interested in purchasing a home in Wood County by reducing and delaying mortgage costs. Instead of financing the total cost of a home through a conventional bank for 30 years, the Consortium defers a portion of the debt until the lender is paid back in full or in 20 years, whichever comes first. After the first loan is paid back, the Consortium’s loan is due and must be repaid in 10 years.

The SHOP Program will provide up to $25,000 as a second mortgage on a house up to a maximum loan term of ten (10) years at a 3% rate of interest.

Basic Eligibility Requirements include:

  • Be a “first time” homebuyer [must not have previously owned a home in the last three (3) years].
  • The must be located within the corporate limits of Wood County, WV.
  • Meet the income requirements based on family size [per HUD Section 8 Income Guidelines].

 

For more information about the SHOP and other Housing Programs check out our website here.

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Down Payment Assistance Program

Looking to own your own home, but struggling to afford a downpayment?

Because buying your first home can be expensive, the Down Payment Assistance Program was established to help eligible first-time home buyers offset some of the upfront costs associated with home ownership.

The City of Parkersburg Development Department can help determine if you are eligible for this program. Some first-time home buyers may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance. The loan will be forgiven if the applicant lives in the home for at least five years.

Under the HOME Program’s regulations applicants must be considered low-and-moderate income,  as defined under HUD’s Section 8 Income Guidelines. For example, a one person household’s annual income must be at or below $30,000 annually. A household of four must earn at or below $42,800 annually in order to income qualify. Applicants must be first-time home buyers.

Funding for the Down Payment Assistance Program is made possible by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development HOME Investments Partnerships Program (HOME).

If you have any questions about the program, please  contact the City of Parkersburg Development Department:

One Government Square

P.O. Box 1627

Parkersburg WV 26102

Phone (304) 424-8595

Fax (304) 424-8464

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Clean-Up at Friendship Park!

In just a few hours time, 20 volunteers helped collect approximately 30 bags of debris. Volunteers weeded flower beds, trimmed shrubs and helped demonstrate every neighborhood is appreciated.

A big thank you to all that volunteered, including several members of Lifebridge Americorps and to the Wood County Solid Waste Authority for the use of supplies.

 

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Schools 2 Pools Underway!

The City of Parkersburg is once again offereing the Schools to Pools Program this summer. Passes are now available. The goal of the program is to help students be more active and lead healthier lifestyles during their summer break.

The program will provide a free pool pass to elementary school students who reside in the City of Parkersburg, and who are also income eligible. With this pass, your child will be provided free admission to Southwood Park Pool for the 2018 Pool Season. Please note, City Park Pool will be closed this summer due to renovations in anticipation for the new splash pad that will be installed for next summer. The 2018 pool season will begin May 25th, and run through August 12th.

Forms are now available at the City Park Office. The Park Office is located in the Pavilion Building, and operates between the hours of 7:00am to 3:00pm. Please call 304-424-8572 or more information.

We hope you and your children have a safe and healthy summer!

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DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SEEKING QUALIFIED BUILDING CONTRACTORS FOR HOME REPAIR PROGRAMS

Planning and Development services provided by the City of Parkersburg are intended to grow the local economy and provide area residents with the best quality of life. As such, the Department manages the City’s Community Development Block Grant and HOME Funded Programs. This funding is made available by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development on an annual basis. A portion of these funds are used to ensure residents of both Parkersburg and Wood County have access to decent, affordable housing.

Specifically, the Minor Home Repair Program, Emergency Home Repair Program, and the Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program offer quality home repairs at either no cost, or zero interest loans to eligible homeowners.

All contractors interested in offering bids and quotes for residential rehab work advertised by the Development Department should contact Ryan Barber, Development Projects Administrator, One Government Square Parkersburg, WV 26102 (304)-424-8452 or by email at ryan.barber@parkersburgwv.gov

Projects are only awarded to responsible contractors possessing the ability to perform successfully under the terms and conditions of the proposed procurement. A contractor’s license to do work in West Virginia is required prior to the award of any contract.  Awards are not made to any contractor which is debarred or suspended or is otherwise excluded from participation in Federal assistance programs.

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Fair Housing Month

Mayor Joyce recently proclaimed April, 2018 Fair Housing Month and urged all citizens to join in by creating and promoting fair housing opportunities in the community. The City of Parkersburg is proud to join the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. 

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Grants Available for Residential Rehab Projects

The City of Parkersburg, through the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, offers the Minor Home Repair Program (MHRP). The MHRP seeks to provide homeowners who may not normally qualify for a traditional home equity loan with a grant to make needed improvements to their home to bring the unit closer to state and local building code standards.

A qualifying applicant for the MHRP must be low-and moderate-income. For example, a family of four with a total household income below $32,640 would qualify for this program.

To comply with federal regulations, the dwelling unit must be located within the City of Parkersburg and be occupied as the primary and principal residence of the applicant.

For more information click here, or call 304-424-8452.

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COPE Officer

The Community Development Block Grant provides funding for critical public services, which includes assistance to the City’s Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) Program. This program has operated since 1996 and was continued again in 2017. It is the mission of the Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) Unit to work with all citizens to preserve life, protect property, and promote individual responsibility and community commitment.  Our COPE Officer can be seen attending Neighborhood Watch meetings, addiction support groups, as well as numerous youth events throughout different neighborhoods.  Funds are also used to support expenses related to neighborhood bike patrols.  In 2017, the City of Parkersburg allocated $75,000 for this important program.

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