With support from a Hormel Foundation grant, the Austin Housing & Redevelopment Authority (HRA) is announcing the launch of a new program: CAP (Curb Appeal Project).
The intent of CAP is to pay a portion of project costs to Austin property owners who will make qualifying exterior improvements to the front/street side of their home, increasing its curb appeal which benefits the entire Austin community. There are income limits to participate.
Grants range from between $1,000 to $5,000. Homeowners must pay at least $4,000 of their own funds to be eligible to receive the minimum grant amount of $1,000 from the HRA. These dollars do not need to be repaid; this would be a one-time grant.
Grants equal 20% of the applicant’s individual project would not exceed $5,000. If work is being done by the homeowner material costs qualify, but any tool costs will not be eligible.
• Owner-occupied, single family homes in the City of Austin.
• Current on property taxes.
• Property value is less than $200,000 based on Mower County estimated property value.
• The bulk of these projects must be visible from the street in front of the house.
• None of these projects can be part of an insurance claim.
• CHIP I or CHIP II Loans cannot be used for this program.
• Work cannot begin until approved by HRA.
•These grants will only be awarded to an individual once.
Possible Qualifying Projects include
• Front door, storm door, and/or garage door
• Sidelight windows by front door
• Columns at front door
• Covered front porch
• Brick, stone, or shakes
• Alter roofline on front of house
• Permanent landscaping (includes tree trimming, removal and replacement of overgrown and/or dead items, planting new trees, shrubs, plants and/or flowers)
• Driveway, sidewalk (repair or replace)
• Window boxes, shutters (add or replace)
• Screening of utility boxes and/or garbage and recycling cans
• Fence (add, repair, or replace)
• Windows (only front windows would qualify)
Income limits will be the same as the CHIP II program:
• 1 person $65,000
• 2 people $75,000
• 3 people and over $85,000
Based on the 2017 Housing Study there is a need to maintain our aging housing stock and the HRA feels this will help put another tool in the toolbox.
CAP Applications can be picked up at the Austin HRA @ 308 2nd Ave. NE, Austin, MN 55912 or call 507-433-1866.