NECAC Awarded NeighborWorks Grant for Home Upgrades

April 22, 2019

The not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) has been awarded a $66,666 grant to provide energy-efficient upgrades at the homes of five income-qualifying people in four Missouri counties.
The agency will take applications on a first-come, first-served basis. The program covers Marion, Monroe, Pike and Ralls counties.
The grant comes from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation through NeighborWorks America, a Congressionally-chartered national organization that supports community development through grants and technical assistance.
The grant is part of the Safe and Sound Program, which was made possible with a national donation by the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. NECAC will do the work through its Self-Help Housing Rehabilitation Program. It is the second such funding award NECAC has received in the last year.
“NECAC appreciates the chance to continue our commitment to quality, affordable housing in our region,” said NECAC President and Chief Executive Officer Don Patrick. “The NECAC Self-Help Housing Program will use the funding to bring substandard rural homes up to state and federal housing codes through rehabilitation. Grant funds will be used to increase energy efficiency and stabilize affordable homeownership while increasing the opportunity for people to grow their assets.”
NECAC received a $159,000 USDA Rural Development grant last year to do Self-Help Housing renovations at 26 owner-occupied homes in the four counties. Income-qualifying participants work with a NECAC construction supervisor who provides one-on-one instruction on the skills they need to do the projects. Supplies are purchased by the program, but the labor is contributed by the families or individuals. Also last year, NECAC received a $45,500 Safe and Sound Program grant that was used to renovate homes in the four-county region.
“We are so pleased to again receive a Safe and Sound grant from NeighborWorks,” said NECAC Deputy Director for Housing Development Programs Carla Potts. “We’re very confident that this funding will help improve the lives of local residents and strengthen their communities by prolonging the life of existing homes.”
To apply for the Safe and Sound Program or to find out more, call 573-324-6622 or visit one of the following NECAC Service Centers:

• Marion County: 3518 Palmyra Road in Hannibal -- 573-221-7166.

• Monroe County: 314 N. Washington in Paris -- 660-327-4110.

• Pike County: 805 Bus. Hwy. 61 North in Bowling Green -- 573-324-2207.

• Ralls County: 411 Main in New London -- 573-985-2411.