Gerbounka Announces New Senior Home Improvement Program Grant Program

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Richard Gerbounka

LINDEN—The City of Linden is now offering low-income seniors who own and reside in their home a grant of up to $5,000 to do repairs to their homes, Mayor Richard Gerbounka announced.

Senior homeowners must be current on their property taxes and mortgage and meet the income qualifications for the program.

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Eligible improvements include the repair or replacement of a substandard heating system, electrical and plumbing systems, and repairs to correct code violations, new roofs, windows and doors, and other improvements that will upgrade their homes.   There is a one-time payment to the contractor from the program at the completion of all of the repairs.

In addition to the senior grant program, the City of Linden has funds available for low and moderate income homeowners who reside in their homes for improvements that include heating system upgrades, electrical and plumbing systems, exterior improvements and improvements to correct code violations.

The Linden Home Improvement Program provides funds up to $24,999 in an interest-free deferred loan to do needed repairs to their homes.  As a deferred loan, no payments are made on the loan until the home is sold or title is transferred.

Homeowners participating in the program will also benefit from a review of the cost estimates, the preparation of a detailed work write-up and inspections to assure that the all work being done is completed in a satisfactory manner.

Both programs have limited funding; homeowners are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  The programs are being administered by Development Directions LLC, at 2109 St. Georges Avenue, Rahway.

Homeowners who are interested in more information on the City of Linden Senior Grant Program or the City of Linden Home Improvement Program can call the Development Directions offices at 1-732-382-8100.


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