Faith in Action and Habitat for Humanity awarded grant for home repairs

The one-year pilot program will provide small grants or low-interest loans for home repairs to at least 25 homeowners who meet income and project guidelines.

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HACKENSACK — Faith in Action for Cass County and Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity have been awarded a Community Impact grant through Sourcewell to develop a Critical Home Repair program for Cass County residents.

This one-year pilot program will provide small grants or low-interest loans for home repairs to at least 25 homeowners who meet income and project guidelines. Information about the criteria and application process will be coming at a later date.

“Our volunteers have helped with basic home repairs over the years, but we’ve never had monies for materials,” Faith in Action Director Theresa Eclov said in a news release. “Now we can provide some funding for repair materials and hire contractors for work that volunteers cannot do.”

While Faith in Action volunteers will do most of the repair work, Habitat for Humanity staff will process the applications and grant or loan agreements.

“We hope to create a program model that can be sustainable and replicated,” stated Kevin Pelkey, executive director of Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity, in a news release. “If successful, we could expand the program in the future.”

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