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NeighborWorks Umpqua announces open enrollment for home repair grants for seniors

(screen shot via NeighborWorks Umpqua website)

ROSEBURG, Ore. – NeighborWorks Umpqua has announced open enrollment for the new veteran home repair program known as the Veteran Home Improvement Program.

The Veteran Home Improvement Program, VHIP for short, is looking for veterans in or around Roseburg who need repairs or improvements to their home.

Veterans can apply for a grant of up to $8,000 for minor home repairs.

“VHIP is program that will allow Roseburg’s veterans to modernize and reinvest in their home without significant financial commitment on their part,” explained Community and Economic Development Director, Michelle Martin. “When we researched the housing conditions of veterans throughout Douglas County, we were shocked at the data and made it a focus of our housing services to improve the housing in our area. After the success of our Housing Assistance Council grant projects in the fall, we were excited to have another opportunity to improve the housing of our veterans. No one who has served our country should ever have to live in or experience sub-standard housing conditions.”

VHIP is a program tailored to help repair and improve Veteran’s homes through $8,000 grants, the organization said. The grant will cover projects like the installation of ramps, widening doors, repairing/replacing deficient roofing, and other items.

There are a few eligibility criteria a veteran must meet before applying. The home and the land must be owned and occupied by the veteran in Roseburg; the home cannot be located in a mobile home park; the veteran must have been honorably discharged; and the veteran must be at or below 80% Average Median Income (AMI).

To see if you apply or for any questions, call NeighborWorks Umpqua at (541) 673-4909 or visit http://nwumpqua.org/vhip.

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