Are you a homeowner, rental property owner or commercial business owner interested in fixing up your property?

Are you a homeowner, rental property owner or commercial business owner interested in fixing up your property? The city of Watson would like to bring the SCDP program to Watson. The SCDP program works to help homeowners by offering grants based on household size and income. There are also opportunities for rental building owners and commercial building owners.

The city needs feedback from Watson residents to show there are enough eligible property owners interested in the program.

If you have questions about the program, an information meeting will be held at the Watson City Hall on October 1st from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

In order to bring the SCDP program to town, Watson must apply for a competitive grant from the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The city of Watson is working with the Upper Minnesota Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) on a joint application with the city of Milan.    

Eligible rehab under the SCDP include gutters, windows, doors, siding, insulations, electrical, heating/furnace, water heater, fuse box replacement, energy efficiency improvements, plumbing, roofing, foundation, safety improvements, accessibility improvements, lead testing and removal, and building code violations.

The SCDP grant is meant to help small cities in Minnesota help keep their current housing and to make sure commercial properties are safe, healthy and affordable by assisting low to moderate income individuals and reduce substandard commercial buildings.  

How can you help make this program possible in Watson?

Recently, you should have received a homeowner “Intent to Participate” form in the mail with information about the program. Please submit this form to the UMVRDC by October 4, 2018.

There are separate forms for rental property owners and commercial property owners that you can request. If you need a form sent to you, contact Laura Ostlie from the UMVRDC at 320-289-1981 x102 or laura@umvrdc.org.

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