Habitat For Humanity Helps Veterans and Others
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As cooler weather approaches, one local organization is helping make homes more livable in the area. The Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity recently finished repairs to two more homes owned by military veterans. Alyssa DePlonty is Community Impact Coordinator and says the repairs were done using grant funds from Consumers Energy and Home Depot…
DePlonty says, “A lot of people think of Habitat as building homes and we definitely do that, but another big program that we have is home repairs. Anyone can apply, there are basically two different sets of grant money – one is from Home Depot and is strictly for veterans, and the other from Consumer’s Energy can be for veterans or for anyone.”
Each year dozens of homes in the area get needed upgrades thanks to Habitat for Humanity, whether it is insulation, roofing, windows and doors or other costly repairs. DePlonty says to qualify homeowners have to show financial need, and often times are reluctant to ask for help. She says in the same way its new home program works, Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteer labor to help with repairs. She says the Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity was identified as a place where people could go for needed home repairs and the repair program has become a staple for the organization. She says it helps veterans and other home owners who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford costly repairs. For application information or to volunteer, go to SSHFH.org.