Blight Elimination

Neighborhood Blight Elimination Program

WHAT IS THE NEIGHBORHOOD BLIGHT ELIMINATION PROGRAM?

The Neighborhood Blight Elimination Program (NBEP) is intended to assist low and moderate income homeowners with needed exterior home repairs.  The City of Durand has targeted homes in our south side neighborhood for the inaugural iteration of this program however homes located anywhere within city limits may still apply. Homeowners can request assistance up to One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500) per property.  Projects in excess of $1,500 will require a matching commitment from the homeowner.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR ASSISTANCE?

In order to qualify for NBEP funding assistance, the applicant, property, and project must meet certain eligibility requirements. Specifically, eligible applicants must meet income limitation guidelines, the property must be single-family and owner-occupied (land contract is acceptable), the property must be located within Durand city limits, and the project must be  related to an exterior building repair or code violation correction. 

HOW DO I APPLY?

In order to be considered for funding, homeowners must submit a Neighborhood Blight Elimination Program Application with all required supporting documents including two quotes and pictures of the project area. Quotes should be good for at least a period of sixty (60) days to allow for sufficient processing time of the grant application.

If the project cost is expected to be greater than the funding maximum homeowners must commit to paying the difference. Project costs in excess of $1,500 may be due directly to the contractor from the homeowner, at no liability to the City, and incurred at the homeowner’s own expense. Payment liability for such excess expenses will be detailed in the Homeowner and Contractor Agreement.

Once submitted, the City of Durand shall review applications for completeness and inform any applicants using the contact information provided if their submission is incomplete. Applications will be considered on a first come first served basis.

HOW DO I FIND A CONTRACTOR?

The City has created an Area Contractor List for reference purposes only. The contractor included on the list have indicated they are willing to participate in this program. Other contractors may be willing to work within this program as well and you are encouraged to use the contractor of your choosing. For work in excess of $600, a licensed contractor must be used. For work totally less than $600, the homeowner or an unlicensed handyman service may be used.

I AM A CONTRACTOR OR HANDYMAN, HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

To be added to our contractor list please contact Durand City Manager, Colleen O'Toole, at (989)288-3113 with your company name, the types of work you are authorized to perform, and contact information. Before calling please consider reviewing our Contractor Information Sheet or the complete Program Guidelines below to ensure you are comfortable with the payment processing requirements of this program.

WHERE DO I FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?

The informational materials provided below are intended to assist you in determining eligibility and learn more about program guidelines. Any questions or additional clarification can be provided by Durand City Manager, Colleen O'Toole, by calling (989)288-3113 or visiting City Hall.

  1. NBEP Summary and Eligibility Requirements
  2. NBEP Application
  3. Complete NBEP Guidelines and Sample Agreement
  4. Area Contractor List
  5. Contractor Information Sheet