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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Mar 7, 2008

On Thursday, the City of Estherville received a grant for $304,250 to help rehabilitate housing in the south-central portion of the city. The grant was announced by Iowa Department of Economic Development officials in Storm Lake.

And the city really deserves it.

The grant comes in the form of forgivable loans for up to 10 housing units. Each owner-occupant can qualify for up to $24,999 for siding, roof, furnace, or other essential home repairs. If the owner-occupant lives in the home for five years after repairs are completed, the entire amount of the loan is forgiven.

This grant should go a long way toward helping fix Estherville’s existing housing stock. There will be another bonus too. As a natural result of people fixing up their homes, their neighbors will repair their homes too. And Estherville will benefit in a big way.

Thanks go to Carol Keizer, planner with Northwest Iowa Planning and Development, for writing the project grant. Thanks also go to Estherville Community Development Director Barb Mack, City Administrator Steve Woodley, Mayor Lyle Hevern, and the Housing Rehabilitation Committee which included Mack, Councilperson Lori Donovan, Mike Clarken, Cheryl Houseman, Marilyn Loy, and Mike Tidemann.

The housing rehabilitation project is one of the projects specifically cited in Excel! Estherville, the city’s strategic plan.

The Housing Rehabilitation Committee included people from all walks of life who care enough to help make Estherville a better place to live.

If you want to make a difference in our community, call the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce at 362-3541 to volunteer for one of the Excel! Estherville committees. The more people there are to help carry, the lighter the load will be.

So volunteer today!