April 06, 2020

Dover-Foxcroft area awarded new block grant

DOVER-FOXCROFT — More than $1 million has been awarded to Dover-Foxcroft to upgrade substandard housing since 1992.

Town officials were notified Thursday that their latest Community Development Block Grant application for $300,000 has been approved. Dover-Foxcroft was the lead applicant for the regional grant that included Sangerville, Sebec and Atkinson.

Ron Harriman of Ron Harriman Associates, who helped the town with its application and will administer the program, said Thursday it’s unusual for a community to receive as much money as Dover-Foxcroft has since 1992. This grant, along with two previous grants, will have pumped more than $1 million into the four communities for single-family housing rehabilitation and sewer improvements, he said.

“There certainly is a lot of housing needs in the Piscataquis area, that’s pretty well-documented,” Harriman said.

“I think that the Dover area’s prior experience with grants has been very good. They’ve been successful, and they’ve always exceeded the goals that they set out to accomplish,” Harriman said.

Requests are reviewed and prioritized by a committee of people from each of the four communities. The fact the communities have supported the applications and the work the committee has performed have made the program successful, he said.

To qualify for the funds, residents must own their property, be income-eligible and meet other program guidelines.

Applications for the latest funds are now available at the town offices in Dover-Foxcroft and Sangerville or by calling the Community Development office at 1-800-648-8335.

According to Harriman, the program will last about 18 months and address housing problems such as heating and electrical systems.

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