DCHRA provides housing opportunities
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of letters the Echo Press is publishing as part of national County Government Month.
To the editor:
The Douglas County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (DCHRA) provides housing opportunities for elderly, disabled and low-income households in Douglas and Pope counties.
Utilizing a number of local, state and federal programs, the DCHRA is able to provide 36 units of subsidized housing, 22 market-rate units, and 249 Section 8 vouchers. Also, 35 households with family members experiencing serious mental illnesses receive rental assistance.
A variety of rehabilitation grant and loan programs for existing single family, rental and commercial-owned buildings can be used to make necessary repairs such as energy-efficiency, weatherization, life safety and corrections of building code deficiencies.
Homebuyers may access down payment assistance funds for the purchase of a primary residence at a low rate of interest. Security and utility deposit funds are also available.
The DCHRA employs six full-time staff members and is located at 1224 North Nokomis Street in Alexandria. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office closes from noon to 12:30 p.m. each day for lunch. Walk-ins are welcome.
Additional information can be obtained by calling (320) 762-3849.