The Samaniego family can be sure of something and that is they can live in better conditions now thanks to their new home.
Rehab-specialist Humberto Rivera offered a guided tour through the mobile home to City Manager Curtis Shook and Councilmember for Ward 2 Mitch Lindemann and Ward 6 Rudy Quiñonez on May 31.
Rivera said the new mobile home had a cost of $53,900 and with an additional installation cost between $2,000-2,500, making an approximate of $57,000 of investment.
He pointed out that the mobile home complies with all state housing codes and it offers several benefits to the occupants, such as insulated and energy-efficient materials, which will allow the family to see some saving in utilities.
Owner Samaniego could not be happier now that she has moved to her new home. She applied for the program thanks to a friend, who encouraged her to go and ask for the help.
After applying, Samaniego was notified by the City that her application was selected for the Home Program (CDBG) but it was needed to replace the entire home due to the damaged conditions the home presented.
“Our old house had a lot of electric problems, the ceiling and roof was very damaged and it had no insulation, so in cold weather it was really hard to stay in here since one heater could not do the job,” Samaniego said. “But now I am really happy and thankful to the City of Douglas for my new home; all the people that know us say it is a beautiful home.”
Rivera said the City can offer this type of program thanks to a grant of $300,000 from the Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH); the City of Douglas must apply for this grant every year or every two years as needed. This grant allows the City to repair or replace from 5-6 homes in a range of 1-2 years, depending on the complexity of the rehabilitation or the schedule of the local contractors in charge of the process.
In order to apply, people must comply with certain requirements, such as being 62 years or older; the person must be the owner of the property and must be living in it.
For more information about the Housing Rehabilitation Program, please contact the Housing Department at (520) 417-7385 or visit the City of Douglas at 425 10th St.