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  • Vet can get money for home repairs

    Habitat for Humanity offering $15,000 interest-free loan to one eligible veteran
  • Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity is looking for a veteran to qualify for an interest-free loan of $15,000 for critical home repairs.
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  • Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity is looking for a veteran to qualify for an interest-free loan of $15,000 for critical home repairs.
    The money is being supplied by a Home Depot grant in partnership with the nonprofit, said Sarah Primerano, Habitat's local development director.
    Habitat hopes qualified applicants will submit their needs so the organization can determine who will best qualify to receive the award. And they have an early summer deadline, she said.
    "We have until June 30 to get the project done," Primerano said. "So we're under a bit of a time crunch here."
    Candidates must meet strict criteria based on need, willingness to partner and their ability to repay an interest-free loan for the services rendered, she said.
    Veteran applicants must have proof of an honorable discharge, or still be serving in the U.S. armed forces. The home must be owned or be the primary residence for the qualifying veteran, and located within Jackson County, Primerano said.
    Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity helped build a veteran's home through a different program last year, Primerano noted.
    "We're starting to work more with veterans," she said.
    Qualifying home repairs include interior or exterior work, including roofs, steps, doors, electrical, furnace, weatherization, hot water heaters, and other items related to health, life or safety issues. Also included would be reconfiguring existing spaces to create accessible kitchens and bathrooms, or installation or extension of plumbing, mechanical or electrical systems on existing structures, Primerano said.
    The applicant's household income must not exceed 80 percent of median income, which can range from $31,200 annually for a single person to $48,000 for a family of five or $58,780 for a family of eight, she said.
    The household must demonstrate an ability to repay the total costs of the no-interest loan for materials and any paid labor required to make the repairs, Primerano said.
    The applicant, or a designated volunteer, must commit to investing a minimum of 16 hours of sweat-equity, she said.
    For more information, or to apply, contact Tammy Farrif at Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity at 541-779-1983 or email accounting@roguevalleyhabitat.org.
    Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or email sspecht@mailtribune.com.
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