10/25/2022 – Northeast Texas Habitat has received a Housing Preservation Grant of $375,000 from the US Department of Agriculture to improve rural Gregg, Harrison, and Upshur county homes. The organization will focus on correcting health and safety hazards in the homes of lower-income elderly individuals, persons with disabilities, and military veterans residing in rural areas.
According to Linda Brasch, Critical Repair Administrator with NETHFH, “Our rural applicants are generally more isolated and find fewer services available to them. Our goal is to find those rural applicants and offer repairs to assist them to maintain a healthy, safe home.” “This grant provides funds to help 15 families who qualify for the program. In prior years we have installed new roofs, done bathroom conversions to decrease the risk of falling in a tub, replaced floors that are a tripping hazard, and repaired heating and air conditioning along with plumbing needs. These repairs make a huge difference in our customers’ quality and sense of security.” said Ms. Brasch.
NE Texas Habitat has repaired more than 700 homes across its three-county area since starting its critical repair program in 2013. The HPG grant award will provide up to fifteen repairs beginning in November 2022.
“To truly move the needle on housing poverty, we must focus on revitalizing rural areas where a scarcity of social services exists. USDA and NE Texas Habitat have invested $1.1 million in rural areas through our partnership to create safer and healthy homes for rural East Texans since 2018,” said NETXHFH CEO, LaJuan Gordon. “We work together to ensure that 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 untenable 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, enhancing community livability over time.
To apply for home repair assistance, contribute, or volunteer, contact the organization at email@example.com or 903-236-0900. Also, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/northeasttexashabitat for progress updates, success stories, and program announcements.
Northeast Texas Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit housing ministry dedicated to eradicating the devastating effects of poverty housing. The organization serves Gregg, Harrison, and Upshur counties. Habitat assists in the areas of homeownership, home repair, and home maintenance and operates a ReStore. To learn more, visit www.netxhabitat.org or call 903-236-0900 ext. 204.