Individuals and families in Savannah, Georgia that currently make less than 80% of the area median income (AMI), which is approximately $57,000 annually for a family of four, historically struggle to finance and make necessary repairs to their homes to be able to retain their affordable housing and/or prevent becoming cited for Code Compliance violations. COVID-19 has placed additional strains on these people. Reduced hours, layoffs, and delay in unemployment benefits over the last three months has further reduced their abilities to address leaking, deteriorated roofs; emergency repairs to electrical or plumbing; and even purchasing paint for the façade.
Unaddressed repairs can lead to the homeowner living in substandard conditions or, worse, the home becoming uninhabitable, leading to homelessness.
The City of Savannah’s Housing & Neighborhood Services Department currently offers a Home Repair Assistance Program which includes Volunteer Home Repair, Minor Home Repair and Paint, and a FHLB Community Rebuild and Restore Program through the use of precious Savannah Affordable Housing Fund dollars that Community Housing Solutions Agency, Inc. (CHSA) administers.
The Fund accepts donations of any size and CHSA actively applies for grants to deposit into the Fund; however, your donations are needed to assist more individuals – especially those most fragile and disadvantaged in our community. As a donation to CHSA, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, you may be able to claim a deduction on your federal taxes and you can be confident that your contribution is helping achieve significant and meaningful results in Savannah, Georgia.
For more information on the program, qualification, and application, visit:
Dennise Campbell - www.savannahga.gov/repair -912-651-6926
Anita Smith-Dixon - www.chsainc.org - 912-651-2169
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