GENESEE COUNTY — Through the Homeowner Occupied Repair Program, Genesee County Habitat for Humanity (GCHFH) is able to improve the health and safety of homeowners and their families by performing critical home repairs for homeowners in need.
Eligible repairs available through the Homeowner Occupied Repair Program include: accessibility modifications, carpentry, electrical, mechanical, plumbing (including water heaters), siding, roof repair or replacement, painting, and door and window replacement. To be eligible for the program, household income must be below 80 percent of the area median income for Genesee County as indicated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) within the application year. The property must be owner-occupied and the primary residence for all owners on the title for a minimum of 18 months.
Additionally, GCHFH requires that homeowners receiving repair assistance complete eight hours of sweat equity and payment of 3 percent payment of total repair costs before work is started. The program at a fundamental level is a “hand up” not a “hand out”. It is important for the homeowner partner, as the primary stakeholder, to have a personal investment in the project.
Since its inception in 2015, the Homeowner Occupied Repair Program has served over 308 families in Genesee County and continues to see increased demand. On average throughout the year, the program office receives 20 calls per day inquiring about program services or requesting assistance. The program currently has 30 homeowners in queue for support. Most of our funds for the program are earmarked for homes within the City of Flint however one out of every five homes throughout the rest of Genesee County is considered cost burdened. The need is great and funds from the Stella and Frederick Loeb Charitable Trust, administered by Huntington Private Bank allow us to serve members of our community we aren’t currently able to. — G.G.