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HOME
PRESERVATION PROGRAM

We are working to bring strength, stability, and self-reliance through an array of housing solutions,
including home repairs. Home Preservation Program will consist of exterior work that includes painting, patching, minor repair, accessibility modifications and replacement of exterior materials for maintaining good, sound condition.

This is NOT an emergency repair program; there will be a waiting period for repair work to be done.

Home Preservation Program.

Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity works to eliminate sub-standard housing by assisting low-income homeowners, including veterans, seniors, and disabled homeowners with minor exterior home repairs.

 

The home must be an owner-occupied, single-family house or mobile home, and the primary residence of the owner. Typical projects include exterior painting*, accessibility modifications (ramps, handrails, etc.), fence replacement, deck and stair, and overgrown brush removal.

*Habitat does not paint homes where lead-based paint is present.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The home must be located within the GLHFH’s service area of Lycoming County.

  • The applicant(s) must own and occupy the home in need of repairs.

  • The household income (household members 18 years and over will be considered) must fall below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). See below.

  • The applicant(s) must be current on property taxes, mortgage payments (if applicable), and homeowner’s insurance premiums.

  • The applicant(s) must be willing to complete “sweat equity” volunteer work (2-10 hours) during the project and must be present during the duration of the repair work.

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Costs:

There is a $25 non-refundable application fee to process your application.

 

If you are approved, you will be required to pay a portion of the material costs using a sliding scale repayment plan. The payment plan will begin the month following the completion of the project and will be paid through equal monthly installments up to two (2) years with 0% interest. Total cost of the project must fall between $250 and $5,000.

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The Process:

Once GLHFH has received a complete application (with income documentation), we will schedule a scope of work assessment to decide which repairs are feasible and can be completed. Next, a credit report and financial analysis will be done for the applicant and co-applicant. Once the application is approved, a Partnership Agreement is signed between the homeowner and GLHFH outlining the scope of work to be performed, the amount of “sweat equity” required, estimated project cost, and the terms of a zero-interest loan payment plan. The repairs will be scheduled subject to weather conditions and construction schedule and could take up to several months to be completed. Home repair projects are performed on a first come, first served basis. This is NOT an emergency repair program; there will be a waiting period for repair work to be done. When the project is completed, a Certificate of Completion letter will be signed that includes the final details of a payment plan based on actual costs starting the following month.

Applications may also be picked up at the ReStore at 335 Rose St, Williamsport.