Southeastern Vermont Community Action has announced a new Emergency Home Repair program to serve low-income residents of Windham and Windsor counties. The program, launched through a grant from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, was created to address an unmet regional need for emergency home repair for households who either cannot qualify for existing housing rehabilitation loan programs, or have an immediate urgent need for help that cannot be met by other programs.
Emergency home repair assistance is identified by SEVCA's Weatherization and Family Services staff as a significant gap in services in rural Vermont that would be critical to preserving the assets and autonomy of many homeowners, enabling them to live in safe and healthy homes while using their limited resources for basic necessities. Senior citizens, homes with young children, and the disabled are particularly vulnerable when there is a need to address immediate emergency repairs such as leaking roofs; frozen and burst pipes; heating systems; dangerous steps and flooring; or fuel leaks.
SEVCA's home repair coordinator, Roy Aloisio, has a significant background in social services, as well as construction and mobile home repair. For more complex situations he coordinates with SEVCA's Housing Stabilization Specialist, Cassandra Holloway, to address the household's long-term needs and assist with providing clients with access to other programs that will address their basic or specialized needs, and provide solutions that make the household more sustainable.To find out if you are eligible, please contact Aloisio at 722-4575.
For more information, visit the SEVCA website at www.sevca.org.