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Grants Set to Boost Local Housing Initiatives

More than $2 million has been awarded to this area to improve housing conditions.

The state Division of Housing spokesperson Stephanie Marquis says the money in this area is part of $15 million administered through the state for the federal Community Development Block Grant program. The program is designed to provide money to address affordable housing and community development.

"So that could be helping to cover down payment or closing costs or if they need to build a wheelchair ramp or make their doorways wider if someone is using a wheelchair in their home or helping communities build more low-to-moderate income housing."

Marquis says the initial money comes into Langlade County in this region.  This is spread to other counties in the Northwoods. She says the local communities can use the money as the need arises. Grants are awarded based on the age of the housing in the area, the low-to-moderate income population, unemployment rate, and affordability.

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