Tempel offers rental reinvestment programs to improve living conditions

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) – The City of Temple is launching a new program to make low-income homes more affordable and to standard renovations.

Whether you’re a college student or a new family looking for a first home home, it can be quite a challenge.

Nancy Glover, director of housing and community development for the city, says prospective residents have seen dozens of homes unstable in recent years to pass HUD inspections.

“You have essentially 180 days to find a home,” she said.

“They have customers coming back who just can’t find a place to stay and they have to hand in their voucher and then the process starts all over again. So it is really difficult for them here because there is simply no available living space here. “

Under the program, property owners can apply for grants to renovate their properties. Approved applicants are granted funding in the form of a 50/50 refund grant that helps convert these properties into the acceptance of housing choice vouchers.

“More than 50 apartment vouchers were returned last year,” said temple spokeswoman Kiara Nowlin.

“Since the program was announced, we have been contacted by several interested parties, but only received 3 complete applications.”

Nowlin says the city isn’t sure why more applications haven’t been received. Even so, Glover hopes they can get the word out more as the program is not only an opportunity to develop the area, but also safe, affordable housing for these Central Texans who are just starting out.

“It is absolutely critical that we keep moving this program forward and encourage these landlords to take advantage of it,” she said.

“It’s also about educating them about vouchers for choosing an apartment.”

For more information, visit the city’s website or call the Housing and Community Development Department at 254-298-5999.

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