TOBYHANNA, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Is low income, age, or disability preventing you from making necessary home repairs? If you live in Monroe County, a non-profit organization might be able to help.
Monroe County Habitat for Humanity wants to fix ten homes by June 30th.
“It’s a goal we set for ourselves, and it’s also a goal some of the people who give us grants would like to see,” says Bill Snell, Committee Chair, Monroe County Habitat for Humanity.
Projects can include roof replacements, deck repairs, painting, or general yard work. Currently, volunteers are updating an elderly couple’s home to make it handicap accessible.
“We’re changing the bathtub out and putting in a walk-in shower so the people can get into the shower, because they can’t step into a tub,” Snell explains.
To qualify for the Home Preservation Program, there’s income and residency requirements. Applicants must have homeowners insurance and be up-to-date on mortgage payments.
Labor is usually the most costly part of a job. Homeowners won’t have to pay for labor, but they will have to pay for materials. They have three years to pay it back, interest-free.
“When an application comes in, there’s a group of people that vet out the criteria,” says Lester Weinman, Home Preservation Manager.
Volunteers say they aren’t doing home makeovers. This is an opportunity for people who desperately need help.
“When we’re finished and we walk out the door, to see the homeowners smile on their face and their appreciation, just means so much to me,” Weinman smiles.
Fixing homes and re-building lives.
To qualify for home preservation, a single person must have an annual income of less than $38,600, and a family of two less than $44,100; income qualifications exist for larger families, as well. In addition, they must own their home, have lived in Monroe County for two years, have homeowner’s insurance, and be current with mortgage payments and taxes.
Homeowners who meet these requirements can contact 570-216-4390 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and an application.