Lawrence Township to Begin Home Improvement Program
Need home improvements but can't afford them?
Lawrence Township is now accepting names for its home improvement program for low and moderate income residents.
Eligible home improvements include roofing, windows, vinyl siding, heating systems, insulation, plumbing and anything that needs to be fixed to rectify other code violations.
Your name can be added to the waiting list by calling Maureen Fullaway, the Township's program consultant, at Affordable Housing Administrators, (732) 892-4292.
"The program is structured as a forgivable loan," Lawrence Mayor Jim Kownacki said. "There are no monthly payments and there is no interest. For single-family homes, if the owner remains in the home for ten years, the loan will be forgiven."
Eligibility is based on household size and annual income. A household's gross annual income (pre-tax income) cannot exceed income limits set by the State. For example, a four-person household may earn up to $74,091 and still be eligible for the program."The great thing about this program is that it is funded through Affordable Housing Development Fees the Township already has collected," Kownacki said. "The funding is not coming from the Township's municipal budget. Not only does the program help households make necessary repairs they may not be able to otherwise afford, it also helps the Township satisfy its State mandated affordable housing obligation. So by starting this home improvement program, everybody wins."