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Sunday, May 09, 2021

If some of you may have need of assistance but don't know where to turn, maybe I can help.

Three or four years ago, I learned of a program available in our county that helps people who make way under a particular annual amount, with upgrading needed problems in their home. Now some of you may already be aware of how 211 will put you in contact with various agencies to assist with utilities, mortgage, transportation, etc. However, in the county where I live, they also have a Rehabilitation Program to ensure you don't or won't get future water leaks, electrical problems - that sort of thing.

When the county came to my house about three or four years ago, my house had so much that needed to be done that it exceeded the allowed budget. (There is an allotment per house, per year.) So the guy with the country told me about another program that might be able to help and bring down the amount needed when the county came out afterward. It's called the Weatherization Program and they go about making sure your home is weather proof.

Let me give you the partial list of what they did for me:
1. All new HVAC system (furnace and A/C)
2. Insulate attic
3. Caulk all outside windows
4. Replace all windows (mine were from '77 when the house was built) to all new double-pane weather proof windows.
5. New refrigerator
6. Repaired any holes in walls
7. Repair outside electric outlets so no longer connected to my bathroom outlets (every time it rained, my bathroom lights quit working)
8. Install Radon detector
9. Install smoke detectors in each bedroom and hallway
10.In my case, one of my lights in my master bath was hanging (so afraid it would fall and break!) because it was not properly secured. The electrician took care of this while working on outlets.
11.Replaced just about every single light bulb with energy efficient ones. (I kept my old bulbs just in case....plus, I hate waste!)

I think there was more but honestly, I can't remember the other four or five - it's been a couple of years and I have no idea where my list is at the moment.

Now that Weatherization has taken care of a lot of things and the budget with the county has gone up, they can come out and finish the job. Oh, and with the winds this Spring, I was able to take the roof off the list for the county to do with a house insurance claim, which helped by removing at least $8,000 to $10,000 from the budget.

The County will be doing the following:
1. Paint exterior and entire interior of the house
2. Replace all interior doors.
3. Completely gut and replace both bathrooms.
4. All new flooring throughout the house
5. Replace lattice on front porch from wood (which is broken after over 20 years) to vinyl. (My front porch is 23 ft. long - I have vines growing on the lattice - Morning Glories and Moonflowers.)
6. Completely replace my electrical paneling (It's been here since '77 and is horribly outdated and unsafe.)
7. Replace both garage doors.
8. Replace broken sheetrock in garage ceiling (all compromised sheetrock throughout the house is to be replaced.)
9. Replace wainscoting in kitchen
10. Install separate outlet for garage refrigerator and freezer.
11. Install safety outlets in kitchen
12. Replace kitchen cabinets, sink and countertop
13. Replace lighting in garage and fixtures in the bedrooms.

There may be more but I can't think of it at the moment.

The point is, if you're in need of any financial assistance, they will point you in the right direction, whether it be for rent/mortgage, utilities, groceries, transportation, medical assistance, or repair on your abode, the worst thing that can happen is you waste five minutes of your time.

Some of you may already know of this service but for those of you who don't, this service can help you above and beyond your neighborhood help services. When you call, they will ask what your zip code is (to determine your area of assistance available) and exactly what kind of assistance you need. From there, they will give you the name and phone number of those various agencies near you.

Good luck!
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