Repair & Winterize My Home

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The Washington County Thriving in Place Initiative invites you to Repair & Winterize My Home, a free informational session on September 26, 2017 from 12 Noon to 3 pm at the East Machias Community Center, located in the Firehouse building across Route 1 from the East Machias Post Office.

Repair & Winterize My Home is an opportunity for seniors, folks with chronic illness, and low-income families to learn about local and state programs that help with home repairs and weatherization techniques geared toward saving on heating costs and removing safety hazards. Presenters from 4 organizations will outline their programs and answer questions from the audience.

Sean Thibeau from USDA Rural Development will talk about the Section 504 program that provides loans to very-low-income homeowners and grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards; Scott Shaw from Maine Seacoast Mission will describe their housing & rehabilitation program; Jon Calame from Thermal Efficiency Eastport will talk about the work they are doing with the City of Eastport to address heating issues associated with older structures including homes; and several speakers from Washington Hancock Community Agency will discuss their weatherization, home repair & heating assistance programs.

Light refreshment will be provided and speakers will bring application materials as well as informational brochures so that participants can start the application process after the presentations. In order for speakers to gauge how many copies of materials to bring, people are encouraged to sign up to attend this event at www.cccmaine.org (scroll down the home page to the “Repair & Winterize” box on the right) or call Christine at 249-3318.

The Community Caring Collaborative is coordinating this event, co-sponsored by the Town of East Machias who is providing the Community Center free of charge, and the Washington County Thriving in Place Initiative. To learn more about this initiative funded by the Maine Health Access Foundation, visit: www.cccmaine/services-programs/thriving-in-place.
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