“We’re designing a program that will ensure there is an adequate pool of eligible households available,” he said.
“The sad thing about any program like this is the people who need it most” are often too proud to come forward, Nolan said.
He remembers an elderly woman who was approached a few years ago to see if she would like to apply for funding to repair her leaky roof.
“She said, ‘You give that to somebody who needs it,’” he said.
Nolan encourages residents to check into the program — families with young children, seniors who may endure winter weather on the family homestead with single-pane windows ...
“They would be more comfortable and save money on fuel, too,” he said. “It’s a wonderful program.”
‘CAN ÏAPPLY AGAIN’
The deadline for the town to apply had been Dec. 20, but Campbell learned recently that the date has been moved to Jan. 17.
The town is still accepting calls from anyone who might want to apply; the public hearing is another opportunity to express interest.
Black Brook could try for as much as $400,000 for this next round of funding, but there’s a fairly short time frame to complete the projects, Campbell said.
And the winter-impacted North Country construction season and availability of contractors makes it prudent to limit the number of homes chosen for rehab, he said.
However, Campbell said, “as the program is ongoing ..., if we see the need goes beyond the scope of the project, we can always apply right away for another.”
Reach him at 834-9606; call the Black Brook Town Hall at 647-5411.
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