STEP rehabbing homes in Castanea and Pine Creek Township

If you live in the Castanea or Pine Creek Township areas of Clinton County, you could qualify for a grant under the Homeowner Occupied Rehabilitation Program. Eligible applicants must own their home, fall under 80 percent of the Clinton County median income ($38,000 for a two- person household), and have a property market value below 85 percent of the Clinton County median (less than $111,350). Qualifying modifications include plumbing, heating, roofing, accessible bathrooms, electrical work, structural modifications, ramps, and hand rails and grab bars. Priority is given to applicants age 62 years and older, and to households with incomes below 50 percent of the Clinton County median.

89-year-old veteran who owns a home in Castanea recently found out he qualified for STEP’s Homeowner Occupied Rehabilitation Program. Updates being done on the 1955 home include exterior excavation (to prevent basement flooding, which has been a recurring problem), railings on the basement stairway, electrical work in the basement, a walk-in shower in his bathroom and new exterior paint. The homeowner says he is most looking forward to the accessible bathroom update, stating that, “at 89 years old I don’t walk as straight as I used to, and a walk-in shower will help make the bathroom safer.” The current bathtub/shower is original to the house

For more information about your eligibility, and to apply, please contact STEP at 570-601-9657 or The assistance will be in the form of a grant. The amount, up to $25,000, will be determined by an auditor and the work performed by STEP. Mobile home owners must own both the unit and the property, and have permanent utilities connected. Restricted or non-eligible modifications include additions to existing buildings and rehab to unconnected out- buildings. Homes will be brought up to code standards before accessibility modifications are made, and homes must be able to be brought up to code standards with available funding.

This program and other initiatives under STEP’s Housing Options Pathway help customers maintain safe, affordable, energy-efficient housing.