FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 24, 2015
Deanna Harrison, Director of Development
Smith County Habitat for Humanity
Receives $25,000 Grant from the Retail Merchants Association of Tyler Charitable Fund at East Texas Communities Foundation
TYLER, TEXAS – Habitat for Humanity of Smith County is grateful to announce that the organization has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Retail Merchants Association of Tyler Charitable Fund at East Texas Communities Foundation. The grant will support Habitat’s critical repair program.
“We are deeply grateful to receive this grant,” said Deanna Harrison, Smith County Habitat’s Director of Development. “The funds will let us respond quickly when a homeowner’s health or safety is at risk.”
The grant will be used specifically for emergency repairs.
“One elderly woman’s house shifted so much that the exterior doors would no longer close or lock,” Harrison said. “And we’ve had several homeowners who have had their toilets fall through the bathroom floor. They had no idea that the floor under the linoleum had rotted out until the toilet fell through.”
Typical emergency repairs include installing water heaters and grab bars, mending torn floors and leaky pipes, and repairing electrical problems that are fire hazards.
The goal of Habitat’s critical repair program is to enable low-income homeowners to live in a safe and healthy environment and to maintain the quality of existing neighborhoods.
“For senior homeowners, this means enabling them to age in place,” Harrison said. “Almost all seniors want to age in their own home. And it costs considerably less to society for someone to age in their home than to go into a care facility.”
To qualify for the critical repair program, a homeowner must have an income that is less than 80% of the median income of Smith County and must provide proof of ownership.
For more information on Smith County Habitat’s critical repair program, visit http://www.smithcountyhabitat.org or call 903.595.6630.