A leaky roof fixed. Drafty windows insulated. Rotting stairs replaced. This is just some of the work that Mission volunteers have done to homes in Washington County as part of the Housing Improvement program. Since 2003, this Mission program has improved homes owned by low-income residents by making the houses safe, energy-efficient, and functional. Washington County residents can now apply for this year’s housing rehabilitation program.
Each summer, hundreds of volunteers come to Downeast Maine to work on 15-20 homes owned by low-income residents in the Mission’s service area. “Our Housing Improvement program is vital to our residents in Washington County,” says Downeast Director Jenny Jones. “It helps keep community members safely in their homes which allows our communities to continue to thrive.”
Homeowners who qualify to have home repairs done by the Mission help determine needs, assist with repairs if possible, and provide feedback to the program. The Housing Improvement program also connects recipients to other resources available from the Mission through the Community & Family Engagement programming, which offers comprehensive support to individuals and families in Washington County.
In addition to providing repairs, the Mission partners with Downeast Community Partners (DCP) and CF Adams Charitable Trust to identify homes DCP can weatherize after improvements are made. Margaret whose had work done on her house by the Mission and DCP says, “I am so grateful and hopeful for the coming years. This will save me! And thank you again for these wonderful window treatments. I will be warm and comfortable in this old home now.”
Homeowners can apply online or pick up a paper copy of the application at their town office. Homeowner candidates who have inquiries about the program, should contact Housing Rehabilitation Program Manager Scott Shaw at [email protected] or call (207) 546-4466. Volunteer groups can also apply online.