Habitat offers critical home repairs

Kristen LeSage

ALPENA — Last year, Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan was able to provide over 100 critical home repairs for qualified low-income homeowners in the affiliate’s service area.

This year, Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan can now offer Critical Home Repairs with a grant from the Alpena County Older Persons Committee award for qualified residents of Alpena County.

The Critical Home Repairs Program can provide funding toward projects that include: the installation/repair of handicapped ramps; heating equipment; wells and septic systems. The program can replace roofs, gutters, downspouts, siding, windows, and exterior doors.

Each project is limited to $7,500 per household.

Critical Home Repairs Coordinator Kristen LeSage said applicants must own and live in their house, and own the land it sits on, which means mobile homes are generally not eligible.

Applicants also must have a household income less than 60% of the area median income (AMI). For a family of two, said LeSage, the income limit would be $30,720 and for a family of four that would be $38,340.

The Critical Home Repairs Program is designed to help senior/veteran low-income homeowners who struggle to maintain their homes due to limitations related to income, age, disability, or other circumstances.

“Don’t wait until your roof is leaking or your furnace is shot,” said LeSage.

She said that while grant applications will be taken during 2022, all work must be completed by Dec. 31, 2022, or until funds are exhausted.

LeSage wanted to emphasize that the program offers grants to people and veterans 62 and older and who meet certain income guidelines.

To learn more about Habitat’s Critical Home Repair and other Habitat programs, call 989-354-5555 or klesage@habitatnemi.org.


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