WARREN — Matt Martin of the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership reminded city officials Friday that the nonprofit is waiting for the city’s response to provide $3.7 million to save some abandoned homes and help renovate others so they can be sold.
As the city begins ramping up plans to respond to requests for $28.6 million under the American Plans for Rescue Act, Martin noted that about 700 residences in Warren need to be demolished. About 100 houses can be saved, and about 400 homeowners are in urgent need of repairs and modifications.
TNP is asking the city to allocate millions for projects. In January, he sent his initial request to the Warren and Trumbull County governments.
The organization plans to focus some of its efforts on home renovations, Martin said. TNP predicts an average home renovation cost of $7,500 per homeowner, with each project capped at $15,000 for repairs.
Since TNP first offered ARP funds, the Warren City Council has agreed to allow each of its members to direct the distribution of $500,000. There was some discussion, but without a final vote, for each council member to use $63,100 of their $500,000 allocation for the city’s 2022 road repair program.
Administration officials told council members that runaway inflation is pushing up costs for businesses involved in construction projects.
The rest of the ARZ funds were allocated for the purchase of equipment needed by city governments.
Martin told council members that home emergency repairs include roof and gutter repair/replacement, electrical, plumbing and HVAC work.
Since 2019, TNP has completed 170 emergency home repairs worth about $750,000. Currently, 160 people are on the waiting list – 59 of them live in Warren – for urgent home repairs. Most requests for emergency home repairs come from the southwest and northwest parts of the city.
Martin asks for advice to help subsidize an average of $30,000 per unit to refurbish and sell Warren’s property.
TNP says it has invested nearly $3.5 million in renovations and has raised an additional $10.5 million in private housing investment across Trumbull County since 2013.
To date, 450 objects have been repaired.
The ARP funds will be used to subsidize the gap between the cost of repairs and the sales value of future repairs. The estimated repair cost is $80,000, with a $50,000 sale price, a $30,000 subsidy remains.
He noted that in the next few years, TNP plans to carry out 50 new repairs. The subsidy will require about $1.5 million.
Martin stressed that TNP is not asking the city or county to write checks. He asks them to make sure the money is available when needed.