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Free money to repair your home - courtesy of the Habitat for Humanity Creating Healthy Home project

The program has income requirements and requires homeowners stay in their residence for 5 years.

August 31, 2012|by Jay Scherder, KY3 News | jscherder@ky3.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- There is free money available to help repair your home. It's not too good to be true, but there are a few restrictions.

Shirley Knight lives on a fixed income. Finding money to make repairs to her house isn't easy.

"I only get a certain amount a month. So it is very, very difficult," said Knight.

But one day, repairs did appear and at no cost to Shirley. "I was tickled to death. I was tickled to death," she said.

It's thanks to Habitat for Humanity's Creating Healthy Homes project.

"I have the old, wooden windows. First time I've ever been able to open the windows in the kitchen, that is wonderful," said Knight. 

The program provides up to $5,000 forgivable grant to owner-occupied homes in Springfield.

"This is a direction that habitat in general is going internationally is to do home repairs on top of providing that home ownership opportunity," said Habitat for Humanity Director of Family Services Nancy Williams.

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Habitat for Humanity got a $278,000 grant to get this program started. They haven't used very much of that sum. They still have nearly $200,000 of grant money left. That means, if the homeowner's use the full $5,000, they can help at least 40 homeowners. The deadline for application is in October. After that time, the money will no longer be available.

There are income requirements. A one or two person household has to make a gross income of $36,420 or less. Households with three to seven people have to make a gross income of $41,880 or less.  If you have eight people in your household, the income requirement is $43,880 or less.

All that Habitat for Humanity asks is homeowner's stay in their residence for 5 years after the repairs. After that point, the homeowner owes nothing. 

To apply for the grant, call Habitat for Humanity at 417-829-4001 extension 105. Also, there are geographical limitations to the grant.  The area for the Creating Healthy Homes grant is within Kearney/National/Grand/Kansas Expy.

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