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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.