Written by Whitney Wetzel
Last updated on January 29, 2013 @ 4:01PM
Created on January 29, 2013 @ 2:22PM
Many people know there are a lot of veterans in some parts of the North Central West Virginia area, but not everyone knows that sometimes vets struggle to find affordable housing that can meet all of their needs. One local housing organization is aiming to ease some of those concerns.
The Fairmont-Morgantown Housing Authority is introducing a new home repair program for area veterans. This new program can help vets with much needed housing repairs that are funded through a forgivable loan. That means no monthly payments are collected and the loan is forgiven after five years. This is for repairs to doors, heating and cooling systems, roofs, windows, floors, and so on. Veterans can also get more accessible bathroom facilities, ramps, and sidewalks.
This program is targeted to homeowners who are currently serving or have served in any branch of the U.S. military and their spouses. It's also available to veterans who are serving or have served in an overseas military intervention. Housing officials said with so many vets in the area, sometimes they don't know all the resources that are out there to help them.
"Here in West Virginia, we have $1.6 million that we can tap into through Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and United Bank here in West Virginia to do these funds. We are the only agency in West Virginia that's currently doing this program so we really hope to serve any veterans with this new veterans program," said Amy Hammond, Housing Rehabilitation Specialist.
Anyone looking to apply for this program must also own a one to four person family home and must be in the Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston or Taylor County area.
Housing authority officials are trying to get the word out to local veterans. Tuesday, they held a meeting with several veteran organizational leaders. At that meeting, housing officials basically introduced the program to those community leaders, gave them supplies which they could then take back to their individual organizations to give to veterans, and answered any questions that they had.
One veteran who was at that meeting Tuesday said he wanted to find out how the housing authority could help make other veterans' lives, just a little bit easier.
"We do havea lot of paralyzed veterans and handicapped veterans that have problems getting around. We would like to make it more accessible for them to get into their homes and to have a better quality of life," said Darryl Beaird, Senior Vice Commander at VFW Post 629 in Fairmont.
To receive an application or more information on this program, contact Amy Hammond at the Fairmont-Morgantown Housing Authority at (304) 363-0860. Any other agencies that would like to partner with the housing authority to make veterans aware of this program are also encouraged to get involved.
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