Fayette meeting to discuss housing assistance 5.20.09

Written by David Green.

Representatives from four organizations will speak at the Fayette Opera House at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss a variety of assistance programs.

• A Northwest Ohio Community Action Commission representative will talk about four programs for income-eligible residents.

Technicians will check homes for energy efficiency and funding is available for weatherization upgrades.

The First Energy Community Connections program works with residents to reduce energy consumption.

The Area Office on Aging has funds to assist elderly residents with home repair needs and handicapped modifications to help citizens live independently.

The Ohio Housing Trust Fund provides money for home repairs and handicapped modifications to help applicants live independently.

• Habitat for Humanity works on home ownership programs, building new homes through community volunteers and donations of materials.

More recently, the organization has started rehabilitation efforts to preserve existing housing.

• Fayette’s Helping Hands—Fayette’s food pantry operates on donated food, along with food purchased from a regional food bank in Toledo.

• Project Pride—Fayette council member Ruth Marlatt initiated a program last fall called Project Pride in which neighbors get together for a “block party.” Participants discuss neighborhood problems and solutions, or come up with projects to improve the neighborhood.

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