YARMOUTH -- Barbara Duckworth is proud of the look of her newly painted home, and she’s grateful for the provincial program that helped make it possible.
The Yarmouth resident had her house painted with a grant she obtained through Housing Nova Scotia’s Neighbourhood Improvement Initiative.
Duckworth, who lives on William Street, was the first person to receive payment for completed work under a program for south-end Yarmouth that was announced in August.
She would encourage others to apply for grants under the program while it’s available.
Under the program, homes within a designated area of the town’s south end may be eligible for grants of up to $3,000 for projects such as exterior painting, landscaping and some repairs. (Landlords in the same district may qualify for up to $2,000 per unit – up to a maximum of $5,000 – which they have to match.)
Housing Minister Joanne Bernard was in Yarmouth Aug. 11 to announce the program. And while the minister – and those on hand to hear her speak – said the program would be great for the area, housing officials had hoped to see more people applying for it.
A public meeting was held Sept. 23 to help spread the word about the program and the session seemed to go well, said David Brewster, a case worker with Housing Nova Scotia in Middleton.
“I think we counted about 50 people,” he said. “Most of them were homeowners, but some were people that were prepared to do the work.”…