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Cascade receives money to rehab 10 homes

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CASCADE (KWWL)-- Ten homes are getting a face lift in Cascade and at no cost to the homeowner and little cost to the city. It's all thanks to a grant from the Iowa Department of Economic Development.

Janet Singsank has never looked forward to winter.

"Just knowing my home was being improved it does give you better self esteem and everything," Singsank said.

Until she qualified for home rehabilitation through the City of Cascade.

"They came and looked at the house, oh early summer and before I knew it the contracts were here starting work on it," Singsank said.

The program replaced all her current windows with energy efficient ones, installed new siding on her house and a received a new and better insulated door. Singsank is one of ten home owners who are receiving a combined $320,000 from the Iowa Department of Economic Development; a program designed to help cities like Cascade update it's housing stock and improve the town.

The city applied for the award just over a year ago. A year later and Singsank house is almost complete. But not everyone can sign up. Applicants are screened and have to meet income guidelines.

"This is great opportunity for the whole town to be proud of what we have," said Mayor Greg Staner.

Once applicants are selected, contractors place bids and the city council has final approval. Then, home owners receive a housing rehab, in the form of a 5-year forgivable loan.

"It's basically prorated based on the time that's passed. If you live here more than five years it's forgiven," Singsank said.

Singsank says the rehab wouldn't have been possible without the assistance. She looks forward to the finished product, which will be complete just in time to welcome winter.

"I'm kind of anxious for the first time for winter to come to see if it passed the test," said Singsank.

This isn't the first time Cascade offered this program. Twice before in 1982 and 1983 the city rehabbed 16 homes and in 1997 and 1998 they rehabbed 15 homes. The program only costs the city $12,000.

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