Community Action in Self Help, Inc. in Lyons has been awarded over $19,000 to assist families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures.

Community Action in Self Help, Inc. in Lyons has been awarded over $19,000 to assist families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures.

Community Action in Self Help (CASH) services Wayne County and the towns of Manchester and Phelps. The Agency was incorporated in February 1970, and was originally created to assist low-income families in organizing self-help housing projects in Wayne County. CASH strives to fulfill its mission of being “dedicated to the goal that everyone is entitled to decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing, regardless of race, color, creed or personal circumstance.”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded CASH $19,643 for comprehensive counseling intended to help local resident have a greater opportunity to find housing, make more informed housing choices or keep their current homes.

Currently CASH manages multiple subsidized rental projects and administers the Section 8 program for Wayne County. Community Action in Self Help will be continuing on and expanding its housing counseling program through the award of this HUD grant, and will be offering group workshops and one-on-one counseling in the areas of homebuyer education, mortgage delinquency counseling, pre-purchase counseling, and rental counseling, as well as others.

CASH recently began a new program that will provide grants to homeowners to assist with repairs that correct health and safety concerns and code violations, as well as prolong the useful life of their house. To be eligible, the homeowner must live in Wayne County, Manchester or Phelps and must be at or below HUD’s low income limit, $61,555 for a family of four. Families at or below 50 percent of HUD’s low income limit, $27,480 for a family of four, will be targeted.

The homeowner must also agree to pay back a portion of the grant if they do no remain in their home for the specified regulatory period, which varies depending on the amount of the grant but will not exceed 10 years. At this time, funding is extremely limited and CASH expects to assist 10 households, but hopes to expand the program in coming years.

Apply online beginning June 27.

For more information, call 946-6992 or visit www.cashinc.org.