Habitat for Humanity offering home repairs

Published: Sep. 20, 2018 at 11:53 AM CDT
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A Green Bay home is getting a face lift thanks to Habitat for Humanity's new home repair project.

The program is in its second year. In 2017, Habitat for Humanity fixed up five homes. The goal for 2018 is 10 homes.

The work includes replacing front steps and hand rails, and water sealing.

The program looks to help low-to-moderate income homeowners who cannot afford the repairs or those who are physically unable to do them.

Thrivent Financial provides a grant for each project.

The volunteer director says the program helps the homeowner and improves the appearance of the neighborhood.

"They call it the broken window syndrome. If one homeowner keeps up the exterior of their home, there is a trickle effect," said Jennifer Maier, Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity. "It's pride in ownership. It's also safety concerns. Just keeping the upkeep and increasing integrity and appearance of a neighborhood."

There is an application process. Applicants must be current on homeowner's insurance and mortgage payments. There is also a background check and a credit check. Applicants will also have to pay a fee.

Habitat for Humanity tries to cap all projects at $2,500.