Roughly seven homeowner applications are now being considered for Brandon’s third Solutions to End Poverty Permanently home, according to the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corp.
Monday was the application deadline and BNRC is helping applicants finalize all of the proper documentation, housing co-ordinator Ramona Coey said.
The application deadline for the 405 Rosser Ave. East home was extended from Jan. 13 to Feb. 3 to give more residents time to apply, Canadian Mental Health Association regional director Glen Kruck said in an earlier interview.
They had originally received 10 applications before the deadline was extended, but it has now dropped to around seven due to “financial situations,” Coey said.
“There was interest, but a few of the current applications, their financial situations had changed so they had to hold back their applications,” she said. “We don’t want to put somebody in a position where they’re going to struggle.”
This is the third STEPP house built in partnership with the City of Brandon, Province of Manitoba, Canadian Mental Health Association Westman Region, Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Association and the Brandon Energy Efficiency Program.
A selection meeting will be held on the third STEPP home on Feb. 13 with plans to announce the successful applicant on Feb. 14, Kruck said.
Unsuccessful applications will also have the chance to reapply for the fourth STEPP home, located at 503 Rosser Ave. East. Kruck said they are currently putting the final touches of the home and they should be able to start accepting applications sometime in March.
STEPP gives low-income families the opportunity to become first-time homeowners by eliminating common barriers, including high market prices and the ability to save for a minimum down payment.
“It’s a valuable program to our community and I’m glad the different agencies have partnered together to make home ownership an option for people that otherwise wouldn’t be able to,” Coey said.
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