Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline recently affirmed $2,735,203 to implement the Chester County Whole-Home Repairs (WHR) program. The program will help low- to moderate-income Chester County homeowners make critical repairs so their homes are habitable, safe, accessible, and healthy.
The WHR program will be administered by the Chester County Department of Community Development through contracts with Good Works, Inc., Habitat for Humanity of Chester County, Good Neighbors Home Repair (The Whole-Home Repairs Coalition), and Housing Partnership of Chester County.
Chester County was awarded the funds for the WHR program by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, using American Rescue Plan Act dollars allocated through the state budget process.
“The Whole-Home Repairs program marks a milestone in the collaboration between organizations in Chester County,” noted Commissioners Moskowitz, Maxwell, and Kichline. “For the first time, Good Works, Inc., Good Neighbors Home Repair, Habitat for Humanity of Chester County, and Housing Partnership of Chester County are combining forces on this innovative grassroots, community-driven program that has the potential to help so many Chester County residents.
“We thank our state legislators for their backing of this important program – the first of its kind in the nation, and one which helps individuals and families stay warm, safe, and dry in homes they can afford.”
Collectively, the Whole-Home Repairs Coalition will administer $2,622,724 providing county-wide services to income-eligible homeowners throughout the County. The Housing Partnership of Chester County, Inc. will also receive $112,479 under the WHR Program to supplement its senior maintenance and homeowner rehabilitation programs.
Chester County WHR program awards must be below the amount of $25,000 and will support labor and materials needed to complete home renovation activities. Homeowners are required to meet program eligibility requirements and approved scopes of work will only include repairs that directly address immediate health, safety, habitability, and accessibility concerns.
Applications will be accepted until all funds have been awarded to eligible applicants.
Information on the Chester County Whole-Home Repairs Program application and intake process is available at chesco.org/home-repairs or by calling 610-713-8088.