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Habitat for Humanity Does Home Repairs Too

by Chris Cain
November 22, 2018

In 1976 Habitat for Humanity International was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller based on the concept of ‘partnership housing.’  Since its inception Habitat has helped more than 13 million people world-wide achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.  

The MetroWest/Greater Worchester affiliate is one of the hundreds of regions around the world that build, rehabilitate, and repair homes to achieve the organization’s vision of  “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”  Recently Habitat volunteers completed two new homes in Holliston on Chamberlain Street.  (shown below)

In addition, plans are in the works to rehabilitate a vacant house in Holliston.  The construction and rehabilitation of affordable homes are the most obvious work that Habitat for Humanity does. 

A lesser known and yet an equally powerful service Habitat volunteers do in this affiliate’s service area is Home Repair.  The Home Repair program helps homeowners, including Veterans, who need home repairs to live in their existing home with safety and dignity.

The Home Repair program provides extensive exterior or minor interior home repairs that alleviate critical health, life and safety issues or housing code violations.

Repairs may include:

·         Changing or repairing materials or components (i.e., roofs)

·         Accessibility issues, such as a ramp

·         Repair or installation of exterior landing, stairs, deck, and railings for safe entrance/exit from a home

Selected families must be: 

·         Homeowners living within our service area

·         Living within 30-80% of the median income of their county (Middlesex or Worcester)

·         Current on their mortgage, property taxes, and insurance

·         Willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester

The home requiring modification must be the primary, principal residence, and the repairs must be necessary to be able to function in the home. Repayment is in the form of sweat equity and a 0% interest loan.

Recently, members of the Holliston building team worked with Site Supervisor, Ted Oxholm, and other groups to complete a Home Repair in Marlborough.  The pictures below show the transformation.

If you are a veteran, you may qualify for more support through the Home Repair program.  

Pictured below is US Army Veteran Ski, who received much needed home repairs through the Home Repair program. Our dedicated staff and volunteers repaired his wheelchair ramp, replaced his exterior door, and repaired his roof so that he could live at home safely and with dignity.

Every hand can help build a better life! 

How YOU Can Help:

·         Volunteer as an individual or with a group.

·         Become a Home Repair sponsor. 

·         Give a financial gift to help serve more families.  Please visit:  https://www.habitatmwgw.org/

·         Spread the word! Tell your friends, family, and coworkers about Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester’s programs

To get involved as a supporter; or to fill out an interest form; or an application, contact us: 508-799-9259 x 109 or https://www.habitatmwgw.org/programs/home-repair/

This affiliate’s service area includes: Ashland, Auburn, Barre, Boylston, Brookfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Framingham, Grafton, Holden, Holliston, Hopkinton, Leicester, Marlborough, Millbury, Natick, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Rutland, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sudbury, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Westborough, and Worcester.

www.habitatmwgw.org  Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester 640 Lincoln Street, Suite 100 Worcester, MA 01605

 

This Holliston Reporter article has been written with input and review by Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester.

 

 

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