Home repairs can be pretty costly, but the city of Lancaster is helping homeowners make needed repairs.
The hope is that it’ll keep them in their homes and beautify neighborhoods at the same time.
Three months ago, homeowner Martina Montanez didn’t know where to turn. Her home was falling apart.
“I was going through a lot because of my family,” she said. “My son, he was sick, very sick and I lost my job.”
After two failed attempts to fix her roof, a friend told her about the city’s housing repair programs for low-to-moderate income homeowners.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to help people,” said Darren Parmer, housing rehabilitation and lead specialist. “We run into a lot of hardship cases and situations.”
Parmer runs the federally funded programs for the city and personally inspects the work done at each home. He has found that fixing up one house on a block tends to create a trend.
“It basically creates a trickle down effect,” he said. It makes people want to fix up their own homes.”
The programs provide grants or no-interest loans, depending on income, to bring homes up to code, make emergency repairs, reduce lead paint hazards and deal with problems that can affect people’s health, like mold, carbon monoxide and radon.
Montanez got so much help, she recommended that her sister apply.
“I’m grateful, I’m really grateful for what they did for my family and my house,” she said.
There are specific eligibility guidelines for each program. To find out more and to schedule an appointment, contact the Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Unit at (717) 291-4730. The office is located in City Hall at 120 North Duke Street, Lancaster, Pa 17602.