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Free Housing Repair Program in Kent County

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HARRINGTON, Del. - If you ask most people in the city of Harrington about a free housing repair program, many will say they have not heard of it.

Cynthia Hall said she is a family friend of 93-year-old Helen Pritchard, who lives in Harrington.

"Cheryl and I had talked about the needed repairs that need to be done to the home," said Hall.

The repairs range from replacing flooring, bathrooms, windows, heating systems and insulation.

Thanks to a housing repair program, homeowners can submit an application to get needed work done to their homes for free through Kent County Planning Services.

City officials in Harrington say they has not received that many applications for the program. Officials said it is not just the work that needs to be done on the outside of a home. It is also what could be done on the inside that could benefit homeowners the most.

"When all the information is gathered, someone from the county will ride around and look at these houses that each city has applied for and then they'll determine which ones are in the worst shape or need the most attention," said Tom Carroll, code enforcement officer for Harrington.  

Hall said it is important for the elderly to understand programs like this.

"Sometimes it's a red flag to many elderly that somebody is coming in to make me leave my home because I can't take care of my home, or because I can't take care of myself or because my home is not up to code," said Hall.

This program is no red flag.

It is a program trying to help homeowners.

For more information on the program, contact Carroll at (302) 398-4428 if you live in Harrington.

You can also call the Kent County Planning Services Department at (302) 744-2480, or log onto http://harrington.delaware.gov and click on "Free Housing Repair Program."

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