Housing nonprofit to offer grants for home repairs

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) A housing nonprofit is offering grants to help low-income homeowners in western Vermont make repairs.

The Bennington Banner reports residents in Rutland and Addison counties who take out at least $2,000 in loans through NeighborWorks of Western Vermont can apply for a $500 grant. An applicant's household income must be no more than 80 percent of their county's median household income to qualify.

Homeowners must participate in a "phone intake" before the nonprofit evaluates the home and repair needs. NeighborWorks retains the loan money in escrow while contractors make repairs.

NeighborWorks project coordinator David Traver Adolphus says the $500 grant "could be the difference between going cold and having a working furnace this winter."

More information is available at the NeighborWorks website.

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