Home Repair Assistance Available to Bangor, Upper Mount Bethel Residents, Says Emrick
MT. BETHEL – State Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Mt. Bethel) is encouraging eligible residents of Bangor Borough and Upper Mt. Bethel Township whose homes are in need of repair to apply to the Slate Belt Housing Rehabilitation Program.
“This program was in effect when I served on the board of supervisors in Upper Nazareth Township and unfortunately has been rarely taken advantage of,” Emrick said. “It is an opportunity for individuals and families in need to upgrade their property and improve their quality of life.”
The program exists through a federally funded grant and is targeted at residents of specific areas in the following municipalities adjacent to Route 611: 
Bangor Borough – 1st Street to 9th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue to Market Street.
Upper Mt. Bethel Township – Portland Borough to the village of Stone Church.
The form of assistance begins as an interest-free deferred loan, with the amount to be repaid declining over a period of five years at a rate of 10 percent per year. If the homeowner remains in the residence for five years, half of the amount used for repairs will be converted into a grant and subsequently forgiven.
“The grant totaled $500,000 and the loans are available on a first-come, first-served basis,” added Emrick. “The eligibility of applicants is based on income and household size and the maximum loan amount is $25,000. The money can be used for structural repairs, infrastructure improvements and increased energy efficiency.”
Additional information on the program, including an application which can be downloaded, is available on Emrick’s website, www.RepEmrick.com, under “Slate Belt Housing Rehabilitation Program” on the left navigation bar. Questions concerning residency in the targeted area should be directed to the Slate Belt Council of Governments at (610) 588-1000, Upper Mount Bethel Township at (570) 897-6127 or Emrick’s Mt. Bethel office at (570) 897-0401.
Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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