Help for Linn County homeowners
Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services Announces Funds for Home Repairs
Grant funds are now available to eligible Linn County Homeowners in need of health and safety related home repairs. The Home Repair Program is part of Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services’ ongoing effort to encourage and preserve homeownership in the region. The funds are made possible by a Community Development Block Grant and are available in the form of 0% interest loans with no monthly payments or out-of-pocket fees.
“Our goal is to help low and moderate income families make needed repairs and preserve their homes for years to come,” said Brigetta Olson, Deputy Director for Willamette Neighborhood Housing Center. “We know that homeownership makes our communities stronger and we want to do everything we can to help people maintain their investments.”
According to Olson, the loan, recorded as a lien against the house, is repayable when the house is sold, ownership changes, or the owner is no longer living in the house. Heirs however can inherit the loan along with the home.
“These grant funds only become available in cycles and we want to make sure Linn County residents have access while we still have the dollars,” said Olson.
To qualify for the WNHS Home Rehabilitation Program, residents must live in Linn County (outside of Albany), meet household income requirements and have equity in their homes. Some items the program funds can be used for are:
- Energy efficiency upgrades
- Doors, windows, insulation, furnace replacement, wood stoves
- Water heaters, septic systems, water wells, general plumbing
- Electrical panel service/replacement, general electrical troubleshooting
- Interior finishes. flooring, painting, drywall repair
- Exterior roofing, siding, painting, general appearance
- Repairs to make a home accessible for a person with a disability
- Treatment of lead-based paint or asbestos hazards
- Repairs to any item that may affect heath or safety
In addition, WNHS offers:
- Free consultation on the use of sustainable materials and/or systems in your home
- Assistance in evaluating your home to determine needed repairs
- Assistance in selecting a contractor to perform the work
- Payments to the contractor directly
For more information, call 541-752-7220 Ext. 300 or 800-403-0957 Ext. 300, or visit http://w-nhs.org/home-ownership-center/housing-repair/.