Income eligible residents may qualify
By William K. Alcorn
The Mahoning County Health Board has a limited amount of money available to help income-eligible county residents with up to 100 percent of the cost of repairing or replacing their home sewage systems.
The money is available, on a first-come, first-served basis, through a $314,000 grant received by the health department through the Ohio Department of Health in partnership with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance.
Homeowners with income levels at 100 percent of poverty guidelines are eligible to receive 100 percent funding for their sewage-system replacement costs including all permit costs; and homeowners at 200 percent of poverty guidelines are eligible to receive 85 percent of all system costs, with a 15 percent local share which can be paid for the homeowner or from other organizations or programs.
To date, about $190,000 of the grant has been awarded in contracts to repair 12 home sewage systems.
It is expected that the remaining money will be able to complete about 10 more projects, said Mary Helen Smith, county health department environmental director.
Smith said people interested in learning if they are income eligible for financial assistance should call the health department’s environmental division at 330-270-2855, Option 2.