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Landlords finally get some help

Flooded landlords in Cedar Rapids — a group that’s been forsaken since the flood — will finally get some government help in the recovery.

Gov. Chet Culver on Wednesday announced a program in which landlords can apply for up to $24,999 per unit to repair damaged property.

Culver said the rental rehabilitation program will provide much-needed housing in flooded areas.

“Landlords are currently not eligible for the Jumpstart program,” Culver said. “It is imperative that owners of rental properties receive assistance during this disaster recovery process as well.”

Landlords have up until now received none of the recovery aid that’s gone to home and business owners affected by the flood.

“Since [the flood] happened, the landlords have been ostracized,” said Todd Sniegowski, a property-owner with four affected houses near Taylor School.

The assistance will come in the form of five-year forgivable loans, and landlords must demonstrate they can fund the operation of the rental property for the life of the loan.

In addition to the $24,999 for repairs, landlords can apply for further assistance — for lead hazard reduction, project delivery costs and temporary relocation. Total assistance per unit cannot exceed $37,500.

Each landlord can get assistance for a maximum of seven units, though state officials are working on a different program that may expand that limit.

The money for the program comes from federal Community Development Block Grants. It will be administered by the same government entities distributing Jumpstart and CDBG money for home and business owners.

Cedar Rapids and Iowa City will administer the program for property owners in those city limits. The East Central Iowa Council of Governments will administer the program for residents of Benton, Jones, Iowa, Washington and rural Linn and Johnson counties.

Applications for the first round of funding are due Feb. 20.

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