Habitat for Humanity offers home-repair loans

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BATH — Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine is offering a year-round repair program for low-income homeowners who live in Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties, as well as Brunswick and Harpswell.

The program offers qualified homeowners a low-interest loan to make home improvements that improve health, safety and energy efficiency – things like leaking roofs, unsafe porches and steps, and handicapped accessible ramps. Habitat will also provide energy efficiency improvements such as insulation and sealing air-leaks to reduce home-energy costs.

Low interest loans of up to $5,000 to be repaid over five to 10 years are available to homeowners who earn between 25 and 60 percent of the average income for their county (about $14,500 to $35,000 for a family of four). Those interested in working with Habitat on a home repair please can Ryan at 386-5081 or ryan@habitat7rivers.org to schedule a pre-screening.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.