Georgetown partners with Habitat for Humanity to fix up homes


H-E-B. 2-SYDNEY: AS HOME VALUES AND PROPERTY TAXES RISE, MORE HOMEOWNERS COULD BE STRUGGLING TO KEEP THEIR HOUSES UP TO DATE. 2-ROBERT: THE CITY OF GEORGETOWN IS PARTNERING WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO HELP RUN THE CITY’S HOME REPAIR PROGRAM. KXAN’S LAUREN KRAVETS SHOWS US WHAT THEY’RE DOING TO HELP AND HOW YOU CAN QUALIFY. “IT WAS JUST TACKY AND OLD. IT WAS OLD AND THEY PUT ME A NEW ONE IN.””AND HOW DO YOU LIKE THE WAY THIS ONE LOOKS?””I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, MMHM.”.. A NEW SINK .. AND A QUIETER TOILET FOR ETHEL HARRISON. HER HOME OF 42 YEARS NEEDED SOME TLC. “NOW I GOT A PRETTY STOVE.”.. A NEW APPLIANCE, AND AIR UNIT DIDN’T COST HARRISON A PENNY — HABITAT FOR HUMANITY DID THE WORK. THE NON- PROFIT IS THE NEW PARTNER FOR GEORGETOWN’S HOME REPAIR PROGRAM.DEBBIE HOFFMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HABITAT FOR HUMMANITY OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY”REPAIRS CAN RANGE FROM SAFETY, SO IF THERE’S A DOOR THAT’S NOT SHUTTING, THAT’S NOT SECURE, A WINDOW THAT’S BROKEN, ACCESSIBILITY – IF THERE’S TOO MANY STEPS.HVAC, PLUMBING ISSUES, ELECTRICAL ISSUES.”TO QUALIFY YOU CAN’T MAKE MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY’S MEDIAN INCOME.IN 2017, THAT WAS JUST OVER 28-THOUSAND FOR ONE PERSON, AND JUST OVER 40-THOUSAND FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR. “WHEN YOU HAVE A LOWER INCOME AND YOU’RE PAYING A HIGHER AMOUNT IN TAXES, THERE’S NOT MUCH LEFT IF YOU NEED A REPAIR.”HABITAT HOPES TO FIX AT LEAST SIX HOUSES THIS YEAR, MORE THAN THE CITY COULD DO ON ITS OWN – TO REACH MORE FAMILIES. ETHEL HARRISON “I APPRECIATE IT SO MUCH BECAUSE I WOULDN’T HAVE THE MONEY TO HAVE MY HOUSE IMPROVED AND IT WAS TIME TO GET THINGS DONE.”LAUREN KRAVETS, KXAN NEWS.ROBERT: GEORGETOWN WILL SPEND 24- THOUSAND-DOLLARS ON HOME IMPROVEMENTS THIS YEAR.HABITAT SAYS THE MONEY WILL GO FURTHER SINCE THE CITY WON’T HAVE TO PAY TO HAVE THE WORK DONE. HABITAT OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY HAS ABOUT 40 VOLUNTEERS TO DO THE REPAIRS FOR FREE.SYDNEY: AND THOSE VOLUNTEERS HAVE BEEN BUSY. SINCE 2014 — THEY’VE REPAIRED 25 HOMES IN GEORGETOWN.. AND THEY’RE WORKING ON 5 CURRENTLY. COUNTY WIDE — THEY’VE REPAIRED 58 HOMES.. AND ARE WORKING ON OR WAITING FOR FUNDING FOR 14

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