Assistance for Older Adults with COVID-Related Needs

The Kerr-Tar AAA received federal grant funding through the CARES Act to support COVID-19 related needs of adults age 60 and older in the region.  COVID related needs include food, PPE, assistive items for the home, medical alert devices, etc.  Services are available through referrals only, via physicians’ practices, social workers, case managers, and other human and social service agencies.  CARES services are provided at no charge to the older adult.  For more information CLICK HERE.

Regional Virtual Job Fair

The Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board, Capital Area Workforce Development Board, and Durham Workforce Development Board are collaborating with the local NCWorks Career Centers to host a Regional Virtual Job Fair on Thursday, October 8th. A number of local companies will be represented with this first event and we expect to grow the list as we become more familiar with this new virtual platform. Feel free to use the linked flyer and help spread the word about the event. For more information, contact Lou Grillo, Workforce Development Director at 252-436-2040 or lgrillo@kerrtarcog.org.

Regional Virtual Job Fair Flyer

Kerr-Tar COG Executive Committee Meeting

The September 15, 2020 10:00 AM meeting of the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments Executive Committee will be held electronically. The public will not be allowed to physically attend this meeting; however, the public is welcome to view or listen to the meeting via Zoom.  For details on attending virtually, please contact 252-436-2040.

The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments sincerely appreciates everyone’s patience during this unprecedented event.

Housing Repair Assistance

The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments (COG) has been awarded $200,000 by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) under the 2020 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 18 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, 2020 and must be returned to the COG office by 5:00pm on November 1, 2020.  Clients to be assisted will be selected by January 1, 2021.

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, click HERE.  To apply, click HERE.

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