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Contact: Kelly Kemmerer, 570 216-4390 or execdirector@habitatmc.org

Habitat for Humanity Seeks Applicants Needing Home Repairs

Tobyhanna, October 20, 2017 – Monroe County Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for its Home Preservation Program designed to help home owners affected by low income, age, or disability make necessary repairs to their homes. According to Habitat executive director Kelly Kemmerer, the agency set a goal to complete 30 home preservation projects during its fiscal year, and to dateelevenhomes have been repaired. Kemmerer is encouraging eligible families to apply for this service, so the remaining nineteen projects can be completed by June 30, 2018.

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 homes, have lived in Monroe County for two years, have homeowner’s insurance, and be current with mortgage payments and taxes.

According to Kemmerer, the Home Preservation Program allows families with limited financial resources make the necessary repairs to ensure their homes are safe, secure and healthy.“Home preservation projects not only broaden access to decent and durable shelter,” she said, “but also they offer dignity and hope to people who are struggling financially. Our work is clearly a hand up rather than a hand out.”

Understanding that safe and affordable housing is essential to breaking the poverty cycle, Kemmerer says “our work is successful when we are able to transform lives and promote sustainable economic and social change in our community.”

 “I encourage homeowners who meet these requirements to contact our office immediately at

570 216-4390or execdirector@habitatmc.orgfor more information and an application,” Kemmerer said.