Thursday, October 10, 2013
The Mid Columbia Habitat for Humanity, MCHFH, is announcing a new program to help low income families stay in their homes.
Not everyone who is living in a home that needs improvements or repairs needs a new home built from the ground up. Building homes is a major part of who Habitat for Humanity is. But through repair, rehabilitation, or small additions to existing homes, we will be able to serve more families in our community.
This effort by MCHFH called “A Brush with Kindness” will help families whose income is in the lower 55% of the medium income of the county they live in and who need repairs or additions to their home.
If they own their home and are unable to afford a contractor, MCHFH will consider doing the work for them at a mutually agreed price they can afford, usually consisting of the material and other direct cost. Labor is furnished by Habitat volunteers. The cost of the improvement would then be paid back to Habitat through a loan from Habitat at zero interest over up to five years.
Examples of projects we will consider are wheel chair ramps when family members are in need of ramps, replacement of rotten siding, windows or painting. In general any project needed to help families continue to have decent affordable housing by keeping them in their existing homes will be considered.
MCHFH operates in the area served by the White Salmon and Hood River School Districts and adjacent areas. If someone has interest in this program, please call 541- 386-7982 or write to PO Box 161 Hood River, OR 97031.
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