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Wausau shares in $12.9 million in state homeowner grants


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - The City of Wausau will be getting around $525,000 in homeowner grants from the state. The city's community development department along with Catholic Charities will be helping to distribute that money to homeowners in need.

Wausau community development director Anne Werth says around $450,000 of that funding goes towards towards improving rental and residential properties around the city. "Bringing them from a substandard situation into a code-complying property." She says that helps stabilize tax base and also offers people a better place for tenants to rent. Another $75,000 dollars will be sent to Catholic Charities to help homeowners get their first home. Werth says it goes to closing costs.

Department of Administration spokesperson Stephanie Marquis says the total plan is to bring Wisconsin homeowners into a better state of living. "Wanting to get lead based paint out, energy related type of improvements."

The funding is part of a total of $12.9 Million dollars in funding being handed out by the DOA.