Edmonton

Edmonton offers inner-city homeowners renovation grants

Edmonton homeowners living in the inner-city could be eligible for up to $20,000 to renovate their home as part of an effort to revitalize the city's core neighbourhoods.
Manjit Singh hopes to stay in her Central McDougall bungalow for a long time, but her house needs a lot of work including plumbing and foundation repairs. (CBC)

Edmonton homeowners living in the inner-city could be eligible for up to $20,000 to renovate their home as part of an effort to revitalize the city's core neighbourhoods.

"This neighbourhood has so much potential and opportunity for growth," says Central McDougall resident Manjit Singh. "It's becoming a really sweet community so it'd be nice to have the houses come up as well."

Singh said she hopes to stay in her bungalow for a long time, but her house needs a lot of work including plumbing and foundation repairs.

Some of the applicants are living in hazardous conditions, such as one house that didn't even have a breaker panel, said Dennis Lee, a city building inspector.

"If there was an overcurrent then a fire could break out in the house," he said.

Homeowners in Queen Mary Park, Central McDougall, McCauley, Boyle, Alberta Avenue and Eastwood could be eligible for the grant under the city's Housing Opportunities Program for Edmonton (HOPE), if they fall under the income threshold.

The grant does come with strings attached. If an applicant sells their home within 20 years, the city will take its money back.

With files from CBC's Karen Kwan

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