Housing Assistance Loan Program

The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments (COG) has been awarded $200,000 by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) under the 2021 cycle of the Urgent Repair Program to assist residents in the counties of Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren. The Urgent Repair program finances emergency home repairs for homeowners who are elderly or have special needs and whose incomes are below 50% of the median for the area.   Only repairs that address imminent threats to the life and/or safety of occupants of the dwelling unit or accessibility modifications will be performed under the program.   A total of 20 households are projected to be assisted.

In the Urgent Repair Program, one or two critical problems may be repaired, but the entire house is not addressed. Examples of work typically done under this program include roof or HVAC system repair, well or septic system repairs, adding accessibility features like ramps, bathroom grab bars and wider doors.

The COG will provide assistance, to those whose homes are selected for repairs, in the form of a loan. Homeowners will receive an unsecured deferred, interest-free loan, forgiven at a rate of $2,000 per year until the principal balance is reduced to zero.   The maximum amount of the loan available is $10,000.

Applications are available starting September 1, 2021 and must be returned to the COG office by 5:00 pm on November 5, 2021.  Clients to be assisted will be selected by January 1, 2022.

The application and program information are available on the Kerr-Tar Regional COG website at www.kerrtarcog.org or by calling 252-436-2040.

For information regarding Urgent Repair Policies and applications, see the links below.

The funds provided by the NCHFA for the Urgent Repair Program come from the North Carolina Housing Trust Fund.

2021 URP Flyer

2021 URP Policies

2021 URP Application

2021 URP Fillable Application

North Carolina Association of Regional Councils of Governments Seeking Executive Director

The North Carolina Association of Regional Councils of Governments (NCARCOG) is a statewide association that represents the interests of all 16 Regional Councils of Governments (COGs). NCARCOG is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer of the NCARCOG and is responsible for administering and directing the association’s regular operations.

Applicants must have a 4-year degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Rural Planning, Political Science or Business Administration. Desired qualifications include a certificate in municipal or county administration from the North Carolina School of Government and a minimum of 10 years experience as a lead administrator in local, regional, or state government.

Further information regarding the position description may be found at https://www.linkedin.com/company/ucpcog . A letter of interest and resume detailing the applicant’s education and professional experiences should be submitted by September 28th to Robert Hiett, NCARCOG Executive Search Chairman, at rhiett@ucpcog.org .  The position will remain open until filled.

KTRPO Feasibility Study

The Kerr-Tar Rural Planning Organization is looking for a NCDOT-prequalified consultant to develop a Feasibility Study to conduct a corridor study to determine the feasibility of constructing the Granville County portion of the East Coast Greenway from the City of Oxford to the Town of Butner. The Request of Letters of Interest [RFLOI] can be found here. The deadline to receive RFLOI’s is 5:00 pm on September 30, 2021.

Kerr-Tar RPO Feasibility Study 

Public Comment Period Begins for Draft Phase 2 Volkswagen Mitigation Plan

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality invites public comment on the state’s plan to invest $67 million in Volkswagen Settlement funds.  The Draft Phase 2 Mitigation plan focuses on efforts to reduce pollution impacts while incentivizing zero emission vehicles and increasing outreach to under-resourced communities.

The funds represent North Carolina’s share of the $2.9 billion federal settlement with Volkswagen due to its misrepresentation of diesel emission standards in certain vehicles. Governor Roy Cooper designated the Division of Air Quality as the lead agency to manage the project in November 2017. Wilmington Trust officially designed North Carolina as a State Beneficiary in January 2018.

In Phase 1 of the program, North Carolina awarded nearly $27 million to replace 111 school buses and 16 transit buses and to install 33 zero emission vehicle (ZEV) fast charging stations and 78 Level 2 charging stations across the state.

The Division of Air Quality will also hold a series of in-person public information sessions for counties eligible in the Historically Under-Resourced Counties Outreach Program. Additional meeting dates, locations and times will be posted on the DEQ Volkswagen Program webpage.

Comments may be submitted online via Microsoft Forms at https://bit.ly/3jMMu3i or emailed to daq_NCVWGrants@ncdenr.gov. Voicemail comments will also be accepted at 919-707-8429.

All comments will be accepted until September 7, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Additional information regarding Phase 2 can be found on https://deq.nc.gov/vw-settlement.