Houses are what make a community a place to call home. Keeping homes in good condition is not only important to the health and well-being of homeowners, but vital to the community as well. Attractive, functioning homes make towns more presentable to visitors, improve the quality of life, and increase economic sustainability. Most importantly though, keeping homes up to standards gives residents safe, comfortable, and great places to live in.
In the town of Plainview (pop. 1,217), officials made it a priority to revitalize multiple houses, which helped rejuvenate the community.
In 2012, Plainview was awarded a $224,868 Owner Occupied Rehabilitation grant from DED. Along with this, $15,875 was matched from the City of Plainview’s housing program income.
Through the project, Plainview was able to assist ten homes. All the homes rehabbed through the program were checked for lead-based paint hazards and HQS (housing quality standard) deficiencies that were mitigated. Additional work included replacing furnaces, leaking plumbing lines and hot water heaters, windows and doors, flooring and roofs when necessary, installing central air units and insulation, updating electrical wiring, remodeling bathrooms and kitchens in two homes, repainting siding on one home, and constructing a handicapped accessible entrance on another.
The repairs and adjustments to the homes made a world of difference for the families who lived in them especially in terms of safety. One family with five children had experienced great stress and worry when their furnace stopped working and they had no available money to replace it. Through this program, the family was relieved to acquire a new furnace. Another family with two young children added two new rooms to their home but were unable to complete the work which left exposed wiring. These and other hazards were cleaned up, providing a safer setting for the children.
The housing projects began in April 2013, and finished up in March 2015. Most of the projects took anywhere from six to 15 months to complete, from the start of the application process to completion. Overall the program was successful in providing ten families of Plainview with more secure, safe and updated homes.