Stressed out about taking care of your home and wondering where to look for great help? These five resources will help improve and renovate your home.
1. NeighborWorks Salt Lake’s Paint Your Heart Out
Best Free Paint Job for Seniors, Individuals with Disabilities, Veterans, and Limited- or Fixed-Income!
Every August NeighborWorks Salt Lake holds a one-day event where there are teams of volunteers to paint houses for free. But, this is not a hand out. It is a community building event where neighbors are helping neighbors. The goal is to help those who are not physically or financially able to paint their homes. To know if you can qualify, apply at their page: https://www.nwsaltlake.org/paintyourheartout.html
In addition, NeighborWorks offers Home Improvement loans to help Salt Lake County residents make health, safety and efficiency repairs to their homes. Rates and terms are tiered based on income. Learn more: www.nwsaltlake.org/homeimprovementloans
2. ASSIST - A Community Design Center
Designed for Senior Citizens and Low-income Homeowners, a Great Source for Emergencies
As houses are aging, there are rising concerns with serious home repairs, especially for those with limited or fixed income. With the Emergency Home Repair program that ASSIST offers, critical home repairs are provided at no cost and no liens will be placed on the homes of qualified households. Local, licensed and insured contractors are hired to assure quality repair.
3. Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity
Great for Revitalizing Homes’ Integrity, Externally and Internally
To take care of homes outside and inside, Salt Lake Valley of Habitat for Humanity offers critical home repair, which can range from energy efficiency to major repair needs. Another program offered is “A Brush of Kindness” and it maintains the exterior and landscape of resident’s homes. There are qualifications such as needing to repair to improve health and safety of family, family intends to stay in home for at least the next three years, and family are within 30-60% area median income. Apply here at https://www.habitatsaltlake.com/how-to-apply/neighborhood-revitalization/
4. Salt Lake City Housing and Neighborhood Development
Salt Lake City Cares for You!
The city has a Handyman Program for seniors and individuals with disabilities whose income is below 80% of area median income. They will require income documentation to let them know you can qualify. Another program offered is the Home Repair Program, which allow homeowners to obtain no and low interest loans to address health, safety, and structural issues with your homes. There are reliable and competitive bids from qualified, licensed and insured contractors.
5. Utah Community Action’s Weatherization
Excellent Way to Save on Home Energy Costs
Utah Community Action helps low-income individuals and families cut the cost of the energy it takes to heat their homes. Some common improvements are reducing excessive air infiltration and reducing heat loss through walls, ceiling, floors, doors, and windows. Weatherization is not a remodeling or rehabilitation program, but it make homes more comfortable to stay in. Homes that qualify are ones that have never been weatherized or was weatherized before September 30, 1994. To learn more, here is a link: https://www.utahca.org/weatherization/