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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- This year the city of Burlington received a $50,000 grant for its Urgent Repair Program which gives funding to low or fixed income households with unsafe or badly damaged housing conditions.

City officials say the program is aimed at helping homeowners stay in their homes and prevent displacement which often happens when damage makes conditions unlivable.

Shawna Tillery is the community development administrator for the city and says most of the damage they are asked to repair is damage caused from mold, collapsed roofs and flooding.

Tillery says about 33 percent of Burlington residents live in poverty.

To qualify for one of the forgivable loans which goes up to $8,000 per household, Alamance County residents have to fill out an application at Burlington's City Hall or call 336-222-5093.

Residents must have an urgent repair need.

Applications will be accepted from now through Sept. 19.

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