CHERRYFIELD, ME — Earlier this year, Housing Rehabilitation Manager Scott Shaw wrote with a “heavy heart,” a letter to year 2020 Housing Rehab volunteer groups. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Scott said, Maine Seacoast Mission was not providing stay over accommodations for Housing Rehab volunteer groups this season. This year, for safety’s sake, volunteers should stay home, said Scott.
The 2020 Housing Rehab program, however, is still going forward in a modified version. You might say we’ve rebuilt the Housing Rehab program. Temporarily.
Houses and mobile homes in Washington County are often old and hard to heat, especially on limited budgets. Through the Mission’s Housing Rehabilitation program we normally fix or rebuild twenty houses a year. Repairs and renovations range from painting to insulated mobile home skirting to new roofs.
In a normal season, this very worthwhile work is done primarily by our great volunteers from all over the country. This summer, without these traveling volunteers, Housing Rehab is focusing on homeowner applicants who have their own help available — family, friends — to do the home improvement tasks, as well as some local volunteers. Housing Rehab will vet the projects and supply the building materials. We look forward to working with households to make needed improvements to their homes!