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Fredericksburg city offers programs to help with home repairs, closing costs
Date published: 6/24/2012
Community planner Marne Sherman often sees leaking roofs as she drives through Fredericksburg.
She wishes she could knock on residents' doors and let them know about a city program that could help repair those roofs.
The Emergency Home Repair Program uses federal money to help struggling city residents. To qualify, a resident living alone must earn $37,560 or less.
The city often has a waiting list for the program, but that list is now dwindling, Sherman said. She hopes to help at least seven households in the next year.
This program provides money only for plumbing, electrical and roofing work. But Sherman can connect residents with volunteer programs that offer more repairs.
"Coming through our program often opens the doors for other help," Sherman said.
The city also offers programs which provide help with closing costs when buying a home and with making homes accessible for people with disabilities.
The Direct Assistance Home Ownership Program can help with closing costs and down payments for families buying a house within Fredericksburg city limits. A family of four making $70,250 or less annually could qualify for this help.
The Removal of Architectural Barriers Program can help with ramps, railings and kitchen and bath fixtures so that people with disabilities can stay in their homes. To qualify, a single resident must make $49,200 or less annually.
To learn more or to register for the city's programs, call Sherman at 540/372-1149.
Amy Flowers Umble: 540/735-1973