Whitehall city council approved a plan to help homeowners pay for exterior home improvement projects.
“We really are a small town,” says Mayor Kim Maggard said back in April. She says that small town feel extends to a new program to help homeowners spruce up their properties.
"Our homes are … older homes; built in the 50s and 60s and 70s. So, if we can help our citizens do some home projects, we want to do that.”
Homeowners eligible for the Whitehall Home Reinvestment Program will be reimbursed 50 percent up to $7,500 for exterior projects like new windows and siding, porch and patio remodeling, and construction and painting. City council approved the program Tuesday night.
Dave Sorg and his wife – who have been in Whitehall for 30 years - have exhausted their money totally rehabbing the inside of their home. The program will help pay for the outside.
"We're looking to get the siding replaced and the windows around the front porch are getting kind of rotted out where they need replaced. We're just trying to get everything cleaned up and looking good,” Sorg says.
Meanwhile, Huntington Bank says it will help by offering a 2.9% fixed-rate home improvement loan for up to $3,000.
Those interested in applying for the program can download an application online at www.whitehall-oh.us or visit Whitehall City Hall at 360 S. Yearling Road.