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Assistance For Tornado-Affected Homeowners, Renters Still Available

After the tornado, Timothy Walker, Beth Wentz and their kids relocated to a mobile home in Clark County.
Jess Mador

Editor's note, Dec. 10, 2019: This story has been updated to reflect factual corrections provided Tuesday by Montgomery County. The original version included inaccurate information from county officials about the grant program and its deadlines.   

Funding is still available for home repair and reconstruction across the Miami Valley tornado zone. Dozens of homeowners and renters could be eligible for the funding, Montgomery County officials say.  

In August, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and a coalition of local partner groupg announced $5 million in funding available through the Disaster Reconstruction Program

Brianna Wooten with Montgomery County says the program is open to primary homeowners in Miami, Montgomery and Greene counties and offers grants of up to $20,000. Renters in those counties could be eligible for up to $5,000 towards the purchase of a home.

“I think we know that there are people out there who still need help," Wooten says. "It's one of the reasons we have a longterm recovery group. The important thing to note, too, is that this $20,000 grant is available to people who have to repair or build their homes and who basically were not made whole by either insurance or FEMA and they still need help.”

Wooten recommends residents within the tornado affected areas call 2-1-1 even if they’re unsure of their eligibility for the program. 

Partner organizations in the disaster reconstruction program include some Miami Valley banks, along with CareSource, County Corp, Rebuilding Together Dayton, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton and the Miami Valley Community Action Partnership.

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