Northeast Texas Habitat received a $375,000 Housing Preservation Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to improve rural homes in Gregg, Harrison, and Upshur counties. The organization will focus on addressing health and safety hazards in the homes of low-income seniors, people with disabilities and veterans residing in rural areas.
According to Linda Brasch, essential repairs administrator at NETHFH, “Our rural applicants are generally more isolated and find fewer services available to them. Our goal is to find these rural candidates and offer repairs to help them maintain a healthy and safe home.
“This grant provides funds to help 15 families who qualify for the program. In previous years, we have installed new roofs, made bathroom conversions to reduce the risk of falling into bathtubs, replaced floors that pose a tripping hazard, and repaired heating and air conditioning as well as needs. in plumbing,” Brasch said. “These repairs make a huge difference in the quality and sense of safety for our customers.”
NE Texas Habitat has repaired more than 700 homes in its three-county area since its critical repair program began in 2013. The HPG grant will provide up to 15 repairs beginning in November 2022.
“To really move the needle on housing poverty, we need to focus on revitalizing rural areas where there is a shortage of social services. The USDA and NE Texas Habitat have invested $1.1 million in rural areas through our partnership to create safer, healthier homes for rural East Texans since 2018,” said NETXHFH CEO , LaJuan Gordon. “We are working together to ensure these homes are safe, comfortable and accessible now and in the future. The USDA Home Preservation Program partnership is the greatest supporter of our work to alleviate unsustainable housing in rural northeast Texas.
NE Texas Habitat’s home repair program also benefits a community of any size by strengthening its residents, preserving and increasing property values, and improving community livability over time.
To apply for home repair assistance, contribute or volunteer, contact the organization at [email protected] or (903) 236-0900.
Northeast Texas Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry dedicated to eradicating the devastating effects of poor housing. The organization serves Gregg, Harrison and Upshur counties. Habitat assists with home ownership, home repair and maintenance, and operates a ReStore. To learn more, visit www.netxhabitat.org or call (903) 236-0900 ext. 204.