South Shore Habitat for Humanity (http://sshabitat.org) is launching a new Critical Home Repair Program. The program offers assistance to qualified seniors, veterans and families who are struggling to maintain their home. The program focuses on repairs that address health, safety and code issues.
Critical home repairs may include weatherization, siding, roof or deck repair as well as safety features including the installation of a ramp, handrail, grab bars and other necessities to make a home safe and falls below the program’s limit of $10,000.
“The Critical Home Repair Program is an opportunity to help more families in our service area,” notes SSHH Executive Director Beth Lyons. “Since its launch we’ve done interior and exterior repairs that have made all the difference in the world to homeowners in need.”
To be eligible for the program an individual or family’s property must be in South Shore Habitat’s service area, owned and occupied by the homeowner, be a single family residence, be current for mortgage payments and property insurance, require repair for health and safety purposes, and have a household income less than 80% of the Area Median Income.
As with all Habitat programs, CHRP is designed to offer “a hand-up, not a hand-out.” Applicants must demonstrate a willingness to partner and ability to pay a portion of the repairs.
The CHRP is funded through donations and grants, and projects are accepted based on current funding. It is not an emergency repair program.
Applications are available at sshabitat.org/critical-home-repair and must be submitted for consideration.