Eastern Shore organizations getting grant to help low-income families fix their homes during pandemic

EASTERN SHORE- For many families, the coronavirus pandemic has caused them to struggle financially.

“The citizens in this county and Somerset County have been struggling with whether they are going to pay for housing or they are going to pay for healthcare, food, electric,” Nicole Acle, President of Habitat for Humanity Wicomico County, said.

The good news is help is on the way.

This week, it was announced that the USDA Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant Program divided up $200,000 dollars among four organizations, including Shore Up in Salisbury and Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County.

The funds will help low-income families repair and rehabilitate their homes, that includes roof repairs.

“Some of the types of repairs that we do might be mold and mildew remediation, installing outside ramps, or bars in the shower for individuals who are handicapped, also roof repairs and replacement,” Tameka Norman, Chief Development and Communications Officer of Shore Up Inc., said.

We’re told each of these organizations will be getting $50,000 dollars .

Shore up said this funding is important with the conditions they are seeing in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

“There are over 23,000 homes that are occupied but have sub-standard conditions, one or more standard conditions, so we wanna make sure those homeowners who receive little income who otherwise wouldn’t be able to make those home repairs are able to do that,” Norman said.

Meanwhile, Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County said they think the goal of this funding is to improve the quality of life in rural America, which is not always thought about.

“There has been a robust amount of funding that has gone to cities, larger metropolitan areas and this has focused on the rural areas and it’s been somewhat forgotten,” Acle said.

If you would like to know more about Shore Up Inc. services, as well as Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County, you can give them a call.

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