Time to get the Harbor ship shape


Last week we talked about what a great a time it is to buy an affordable house. Both housing prices and interest rates are the lowest they’ve been for years and at the same time!

We are here to help you with all aspects of buying a home. Our housing counseling is free of charge.

But, what if you love where you’re at, or buying isn’t a possibility for you?

Do you need help with fixing up something around your house? We can help there too!

If you live in your own home, have housing rehab needs and could use a tailored, affordable loan that includes our experienced construction management and oversight to assure your project is a success, give us a call.

Or perhaps it’s not you but a neighbor, relative or friend that you think would benefit from much-needed repairs?

Our Revolving Loan Funds are available to people with low, moderate and middle incomes for this county. You will also need to have enough equity in your home to secure the loan amount. Let us help you figure that out.

Now that spring is getting closer, you’ll probably have some fresh-insight about this long winter’s expensive heat bills and cold drafts! Maybe you are finally convinced that weatherizing your house and even changing your heat source will not only make it more comfortable, but likely cheaper to heat your home in the future.

Well, there’s no time like right now to take action on these and most any other project needs such as replacing windows or siding, adding insulation, installing a new ductless heat pump and yes, even fixing your roof and so much more including painting!

So why wait?

Like we said, folks who make anywhere from 50 percent to 120 percent of the area median income are eligible to apply for these loan funds, but you’d better come in very soon because the local building season can be short!

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?

To be eligible for these loans, your income must fall between these parameters:

• A 1-person household can make between $20,100 and $48,240;

• A 2-person household can make between $23,000 and $55,200;

• A 3-person household can make between $25,850 and $62,040;

• A 4-person household can make between $28,700 and $68,880;

• A 5-person household can make between $31,000 and $74,400;

• A 6-person household can make between $32,850 and $78,840;

• A 7-person household can make between $35,600 and $85,440

• An 8-person household can make between $37,900 and $90,960.

So think about replacing siding that no longer holds paint; your mossy, curling or blue-tarped roof that won’t hold up to the next breath of wind; windows that leak and sweat and heat the outdoors better than the indoors. And don’t forget to consider replacing that ancient heating dinosaur that has been consuming all your money!

These are the tip of the iceberg for things that can be done to leverage rebates to also help pay for some of the work, like PUD weatherization funds for insulation, windows and heat pumps.

We want to help you create a house that not only looks good but also is maintenance-friendly, a house that takes care of you instead of you having to take care of it all the time.

If you or someone you know needs a way to fix up their house, please give us a call at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor at 533-7828. We’re available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Dave Murnen and Pat Beaty are construction experts at NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor County, where Beaty is the construction manager and Murnen is the executive director. This is a non-profit organization committed to creating safe and affordable housing opportunities for all residents of Grays Harbor County.

Do you have questions about home repair, remodeling or becoming a homeowner? Call us at 533-7828, or 1-866-533-7828, write or visit us at 710 E. Market St. in Aberdeen.

Sign up to help Paint the Corridor

Do you know about Paint the Corridor?

For the last two years we’ve helped organize a community-wide volunteer event that paints owner-occupied homes along the State Highway 101 and 109 corridors through Aberdeen and Hoquiam.

We’re gearing up for the third annual Paint the Corridor this summer and can use your help.

The 48 homes that have been painted by volunteers these past two years have not only brightened and tidied our shared corridor neighborhoods, but also brought a great lift to the owners.

We’re going to need your help to paint again this year. We’ll be kicking off the event July 28 with all of August and part of September to finish making the next painted houses look just as great.

We have scouting out the appropriate owner-occupied homes to paint and hope the owners will participate. A few in the past thought it was too good to be true and said no thanks…maybe this year.

Also, if you’d like to create a team and be a team leader, give us a call at 533-7828. Ask for Dave!