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The public is invited to a free “fix up the home you live in “ event at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Chaffee County Housing Policy Advisory Committee specifically to provide information to low-income homeowners and renters whose homes need some tender loving care.

“We have two speakers from two different Councils of Government who will be sharing information about free and low cost programs to help low income people in Chaffee County fix up their homes,” said Paige Judd, a member of HPAC who has led the HPAC outreach and education sub-committee. The sub-committee is focused on getting information to the public about options for low interest loans and grants to make built homes and mobile homes livable.

In addition to the speakers, representatives of the Chaffee county Public Health and Human Services and Early Childhood services will be attending. The programs that will be covered include those that can fund replacement of old appliances with new energy efficient appliances, including furnaces, refrigerators, and water heaters. Also covered will be the improvement of your home’s insulation, ways to improve handicapped accessibility to your home, replacement or repair of worn-out roofs and replacement of drafty windrows leaking heat out of your home.

To qualify for the programs that will be covered, homeowners must qualify based on income. Renters can qualify based on income or participate in some state and federal programs that go by a bewildering array of acronyms.

The acronyms, mean different things, all related to making homes more energy efficient. For instance, LEAP is a federally-funded program that helps eligible hard working Colorado families, seniors and individuals pay a portion of their winter home heating costs. Our goal is to help bring warmth, comfort and safety to your home and family by assisting with heating costs during the all-too-often harsh Coloradan winters. SNAP has types of Home Repair Programs that can make repairs, or provide access to loans, for items in your home that pose health or safety hazards such as no heat, no water and low-cost plumbing issues. The Rural Housing Repair Loans and Grants program provides loans and grants to very low-income homeowners to repair, improve, modernize, or to remove health and safety hazards in their rural dwellings.