Rural nonprofits weather challenges with home repairs
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
For a family that must scrape together monthly mortgage payments, rehab and weatherization projects that repair structural damage, update heating and plumbing systems, and fix leaky roofs can save enough funds to assure they no longer must choose between food or fuel. Instead, they may finally be able to save or invest enough to grow their own assets.
More generally, home-rehab programs improve air and water quality, and eliminate harmful contaminants like asbestos and lead paint. Weatherization improvements not only save money and energy; they also are the first line of defense when it comes to climate adaptation and disaster mitigation.
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