Habitat for Humanity to offer home repairs in Pennyrile

One goal is to do repairs that allow older adults to “age in place” instead of going to a nursing home.

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Rhonda Miller

Habitat for Humanity in the Pennyrile Region is adding a new service to its previous focus of building new homes for people who qualify based on income limits and “sweat equity.”

The new service is offering home repairs at no cost to make sure more low-income people in the region have comfortable and safe homes.

Heath Duncan is executive director of Habitat for Humanity, Pennyrile Region, which covers Christian, Hopkins and Webster counties.

Duncan said one goal is to do repairs that allow older adults to “age in place” instead of going to a nursing home.

“We think the time is right for us to launch a repair program. We get calls weekly, and have for years, about wheelchair ramps and roofs and porch railings and that sort of stuff,” said Duncan. “And until now we haven’t been able to help, but we’re looking to change that going forward.”

Another focus is home repairs for military veterans, with one grant specifically for those projects.

Applications for the repair projects will be accepted beginning July 1.

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