City of Texarkana, Texas, accepting applications to rebuild homes

TEXARKANA, Texas -- The city of Texarkana is accepting applications to help qualifying residents with home repairs and maintenance.

Texarkana received a HOME Investment Partnerships Program from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to build new houses for low-income homeowners.

The Texarkana HOME Program will host a two-day event on Tuesday, Dec. 12, and Wednesday, Dec.13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bowie County Health Center, 902 W. 12th St. Applications will only be accepted in person on the dates listed.

Individuals that may require special assistance, such as persons with special needs, language interpretation needs, elderly or disabled, call 903-798-3904 to request accommodations

Through the program, HOME's goal is to expand the supply of decent, safe and affordable housing for low-income households.

The program provides funds to demolish substandard housing and build a new home on the same site. To qualify for the program, homeowners must live in a substandard home, reside within the city limits of Texarkana, Texas, own their home, be current on their property taxes, have clear title to their property, and have an income at or below 80% of the Bowie County median income.

There is no cost to the homeowner to participate in the HOME Program. Assistance is provided in the form of a conditional grant for five years or a deferred forgivable loan of 15 years. If the homeowner sells their home within that time, they must repay a portion of the cost of the home. After that time, the grant or loan is forgiven.

For more information, contact HOME Program consultants Ashley Boyles at [email protected] or 903-556-5305, or Kathy Boyles at [email protected] or 903-276-4995.

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