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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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Southwood Park Pool OPENS AT 2 P.M. Today 6/26/18

Due to a mechanical issue, the pool at Southwood Park will not open until 2 p.m. today, June 26th, 2018.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation.

 

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Thank you to all who came to Bike to Work Day!

The Parkersburg Advisory Board and the City of Parkersburg would like to thank all of those riders who came out for the Bike to Work Day ride!  It was a beautiful morning for a ride, which included a light breakfast for those riders at Highmark West Virginia.  The Parkersburg Advisory Board encourages all to safely ride their bicycles and always wear a helmet.

The Parkersburg Advisory Board would also like to thank the Point Park Marketplace, Highmark West Virginia and the Blennerhassett Bicycle Club for their support and help with the ride.

 

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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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Parkersburg celebrates Arbor Day!

Last Friday, May 11th, 2018, the City of Parkersburg & the Parkersburg Tree Commission celebrated Arbor Day.  With the help of the students with the Agriculture Program at the Wood County Technical Center, a tree was planted near the Center’s sign along Blizzard Drive.  The students planted the tree and installed a barrier for a mulch ring around the tree.

This year’s Arbor Day marks the 20th year that the City of Parkersburg was named a Tree City USA community.  To qualify as a Tree City USA community, a municipality must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters.

  1. Must have a tree board or department.
  2. Must have a Tree Ordinance
  3. Must document at least $2 per capita toward the planting, care and removal of trees.
  4. Must observe and proclaim Arbor Day.

The City of Parkersburg and the Parkersburg Tree Commission again wants to thank the students and faculty with the Agriculture Program at the Wood County Technical Center for their continued help for Arbor Day and the service they provide to the community.

 

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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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