Free home repairs are available to low income Mountain View residents under a new city funded program from the Community Services Agency, but only a few households have taken up the offer.
The CSA was given a $30,000 grant to provide up to $1,500 in repairs to each qualifid household, but only four households have used the program so far, prompting CSA officials to try to publicize the program.
"We have quite a bit of money left and we're eager to help people out," said Megan Purdue, CSA's senior services program director. "We're definitely looking for more jobs."
The program provides a licensed contractor to make minor repairs and accessibility modifications, such as wheelchair ramps, grab bars and widened doorways for the disabled or the elderly, though Purdue adds that such modifications can cost more than $1,500. General home repairs are not available to rental homes, as the CSA considers the landlord responsible for those.
"The things we've done include anything from changing light bulbs to repairing the siding on a mobile home, replacing garbage disposals and fixing leaky faucets," Purdue said.
To qualify, applicants must live in Mountain View and meet HUD income guidelines which would qualify a one-person household with less than $56,600 in income a year, or $64,400 for a two-person household.
For more information, go to CSAcares.org or call Megan Purdue at 650-968-0836 ext. 131.