Taft issuing homeowners loans for needed repairs

TAFT, Calif. - The city of Taft is looking to spruce up some of its older neighborhoods.

The city is offering low cost loans to homeowners for improvements.

City leaders say they already have about $300,000 on hand ready to loan out to homeowners.

They are also applying for another million dollars not just for fixing up older homes but also for helping first-time homebuyers buy a home.

To qualify for the program the homeowners must meet specific income requirements.

A family of four must make less than $46,000 a year to qualify. Starla Lopez Arroyo owns a home that was built in the late 1950s and says it sorely needs updates including a new roof.

Arroyo put her application in Tuesday and hopes to hear in a couple of weeks if she'll be getting the money.

The city will oversee the projects and write up what work needs to be done as well as send the work out for bid to various contractors. The homeowner will then decide which contractor they want to do the work. The city also says it will check all the backgrounds of all of the contractors to make sure they have their licenses and insurance.

To qualify for the program you must live in the city limits of Taft. The county has a similar program for people who live outside Taft.

If you are interested in the Taft Housing Rehabilitation Program you can pick up an application at City Hall or call 661-763-1222 ext. 30.

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