Help For Seniors

By Angela Sparkman | 

It might be July, but some senior citizens and officials are thinking about winter. Seniors say they have high utility bills in the cold months and can't afford them.

The rain isn't always a good thing for Christine Little and her old home.
She says her roof has leaked for two years, but she hasn't been able to fix it on her own.
Officials say a few home repairs could change that...the USDA rural development is offering grants to make those repairs now before it turns cold.

the USDA Rural Development team is touring the region and offering help to low-income seniors who need home repairs. For seniors who qualify, USDA agents are offering grants to pay for whatever they need at their home.

"You have a lot of individuals out here in the county who just don't have the financial means to do the home repair," says Carol Napier of the Pike County Social Services Council. "So I think this program, the USDA rural development, is a blessing for our folks."

The grants can pay for new roofs, sidings, windows, doors, kitchens, furnaces and air conditioners, and water hook-ups. Things the seniors say they would normally go without fixing.

They want to make the repairs now before it gets cold because officials say the repairs will help keep homes warmer and reduce the senior's high winter utility bills.

The grants are available for people 62 years and older who own their own home and meet the low-income qualifications. For those living in Pike County, the USDA agents are visiting the senior centers. For others, you can contact your local USDA rural development office.