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Emergency Home Repair Fund -- Safe Homes
Due to Maineâ€™s aging housing stock, there are a large number of homes with outdated heating systems, inadequate plumbing and/or electrical systems, poor insulation, structural decay, and inadequate accessibility design. Yet, they are what often provide affordable housing for our low income citizens. While housing issues threaten to force some out of their homes, they can also cause people to be prisoners inside their homes. Individuals who become disabled as a result of an accident or sudden illness are often discharged from the hospital and go home to a house that is inaccessible to them. Simply going in and outside of the house or using a bathroom suddenly becomes a significant obstacle to daily living. Modifications such as ramps, handrails, larger doorways and lower countertops can allow the person to remain in their home and not face moving to an assisted living facility.
Donations are used to address only the most pressing health/safety related emergencies where immediate action is needed. Examples include severe roof leaks, no heat situations when no other funds are available, damage to a home caused by falling trees, windstorm, fire, ice, etc. that render the home uninhabitable, structural failures, severe plumbing leaks, backed up sewage pipes/septic systems, and electrical systems causing shocks or threat of fire.
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