Groups aim to boost pride in neighborhoods
The city of Albany, Community Services Consortium and YouthBuild are teaming up to help low-income homeowners improve their properties, one block at a time.
The groups are pooling housing rehabilitation funds that can be used to help homeowners fix dry rot or foundation issues, increase insulation or new windows, install a new roof or just add a coat of new paint.
“We hope this brings everything together,” said Terry Knoll of Community Services Consortium. “But unlike our efforts in the past, we hope to make improvement in one neighborhood, and we hope that this encourages other homeowners to also fix up their properties in the same area. We hope this increases pride in the neighborhood as well.”
Recently, members of YouthBuild canvassed the Willamette neighborhood from Geary to Davidson east to west and Willamette to 1st Ave., north to south. There are about 175 homes in the area.
They hung information sheets on door handles letting people know about the partnership and encouraging residents to call Jeni Wells-Whitney, the lead housing finance specialist with Community Services Consortium at 541-758-2636.
On the reverse side of the flyer was information about income qualifications and the types of programs that could be eligible.
The housing rehab program includes foundation work, heating systems, roofing, electrical or plumbing upgrades, handicapped accessibility, siding, dry rot and structural repairs, weatherization and painting.
Annual income varies from $22,320 to $42,000 depending on the number of people in the home.
CSC’s weatherization program includes air sealing, heat duct sealing, refrigerator replacement, home ventilation fan installment, mobile home windows, furnace evaluation and attic, wall or floor insulation.
Income varies from $21,707 to $57,606, again depending on number of people in the home.
YouthBuild can help with porch and floor repairs, weatherization, siding, painting, dry rot repairs and creating handicap access.
Incomes can range from $22,320 to $42,060.
“There can be some exceptions with the YouthBuild projects if there are extenuating circumstances,” Knoll said.
Knoll said there is about $160,000 over two years available for projects.
Also on site Thursday were Geoff Jaeger and Dave Pettz of YouthBuild and Joe Clay, who heads up CSC’s weatherization program.
Loans are no-interest, deferred payment loans. Homeowners make no monthly payments and the loan does not need to be repaid until the property is sold, transferred or no longer occupied by the owner.
The minimum loan is for $10,000 and the maximum is $20,000.