Saturday, August 16, 2008

Housing Survey

Carbondale offers a variety of housing grants in an effort to encourage lower income and family purchases of homes within the city limits. In a effort to target the grants better, housing inspectors, as noted in the email below, will survey households throughout the city during August.

Housing Surveys to be Conducted in Carbondale for Housing Rehabilitation Program

The City of Carbondale will be conducting a City wide housing survey to determine the target area for future housing rehabilitation grant applications. Information gathered from the housing surveys will provide the City with an accurate picture of the neighborhoods where focus of housing rehabilitation assistance is needed to improve the overall housing stock of the community. The target areas will be based on the greatest concentration of lower-income, owner-occupied households in need of rehabilitation.

City Neighborhood Inspectors will be conducting the door-to-door surveys from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday in the month of August. The housing survey consists of statistical and housing related questions that are required to qualify an area for assistance and should only take about five minutes to complete. The statistical data will include questions such as the number of people living in the home, ethnicity, gross household income, if there are any household members who are physically disabled, if there are any household members who are age 62 or older and the gender of the head of household. The survey will also gather data about the home such as if the home is owner occupied or rental, how many rooms are in the home, the general state of the home and if major improvements are needed.

All information will be used for statistical analysis to determine the housing rehabilitation target area for upcoming grants and will be kept strictly confidential in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-579). Residents are urged to participate as this will be vital in the City’s efforts to continue securing funding to improve and enhance our residential neighborhoods.

If you are interested in further program information or wish to be put on a mailing list to be notified of housing grants when they are available for the area, please contact Khristina Vaughn, Housing Programs Administrator, at 618-549-5302 x 346.

For more information, contact:
Khristina Vaughn, Housing Programs Administrator
(618) 549-5302 ext. 346

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