Home improvements paid for by county

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Interested

Pembroke, VA

#1 Aug 2, 2012
I understand that a homeowner can get free home improvements, like roofing,windows, etc. if they are on fixed income. What department would a person call for this?
Bob the builder

Rich Creek, VA

#2 Aug 2, 2012
Contact Chris mcclarney at the county office, if it's a county program he is the one who will know
the one to call

Princeton, WV

#3 Aug 3, 2012
Interested wrote:
I understand that a homeowner can get free home improvements, like roofing,windows, etc. if they are on fixed income. What department would a person call for this?
Call social services, there is a program based in cburg, I think that does these things, not sure its all free, it called the weatherization program, if its like a lot of things they have a waiting list. Another person to call is New River Community Action in Pburg, the building behind KJ. Here again there is probably a waiting list.
the one to call

Princeton, WV

#4 Aug 3, 2012
oh, i forgot the roof is not included, or at least it didn't used to be and that was a year ago/
do work

Pembroke, VA

#5 Aug 3, 2012
You could get a job and pay for it urself like the rest of us do..... everyone lookin for a handout....
Actually

Chicago, IL

#6 Aug 3, 2012
I think its a GREAT idea. I know a few older people who worked their whole life and then retired and now they draw a measly SSI check that is barely enough to live on & WAY less than they made working, which wasn't much, anyway. Only a few of them still have a little 401k left, what they haven't used to stay afloat. Rent, car payment, insurance, groceries, gas, electric bill, water bill, phone bill. That's just the essentials, then they have to account for the co-pays, if they get sick (and have to see a doctor) OR have an emergency (and have to go to the hospital). Then they can add bills the doctor and/or hospital send that includes the portion Medicare doesn't cover. Car breaks down. All kinds of things can happen in everyday life.
I would be happy to know that if that was my mom or dad they could go get someone to help them make their house safe & healthy! Its not like they are getting their houses remodled, with stainless steel appliances and marble countertops. Its neccessary repairs, like a new roof, or new windows, or insulation installed, or water lines replaced, etc......things that insure that their house doesn't fall down around them while they get sicker and weaker and older.
There SHOULD be a place for people like this! I'm sure they check income & all the proper paperwork. This world has become sad when we look at each other so negatively. I know people work the system, I'm surely not naive, but I also know that those people are mostly drawing TANF & Food Stamps & other forms of help that can be exchanged for cash or traded for other items. I have a feeling that hustlers, druggies, & welfare frauders are the LEAST bit worried about whether their roof is leaking (most likely they rent, not own their home), there windows are broken (also will be fixed by landlords), they have no insulation (they probably get fuel assistance & could care less how the bill is paid, as long as its paid), pipes are leaking (landlords problem again), etc......
So I am happy this program is available! Even if only one elderly person on a fixed income has benefited from the home improvement project, I'm happy to know they are sittimg at home, warm/cool, with no leaks or cracks!
Some people NEVER think about the ones who TRUELY need the help because they are so worried that someone who doesn't deserve something is trying to get it! What a world!

Since: Jul 10

Narrows

#7 Aug 4, 2012
do work wrote:
You could get a job and pay for it urself like the rest of us do..... everyone lookin for a handout....
Maybe if employees were paid a living wage they could afford to do this stuff on their own.
need to know

Princeton, WV

#8 Aug 4, 2012
Actually wrote:
I think its a GREAT idea. I know a few older people who worked their whole life and then retired and now they draw a measly SSI check that is barely enough to live on & WAY less than they made working, which wasn't much, anyway. Only a few of them still have a little 401k left, what they haven't used to stay afloat. Rent, car payment, insurance, groceries, gas, electric bill, water bill, phone bill. That's just the essentials, then they have to account for the co-pays, if they get sick (and have to see a doctor) OR have an emergency (and have to go to the hospital). Then they can add bills the doctor and/or hospital send that includes the portion Medicare doesn't cover. Car breaks down. All kinds of things can happen in everyday life.
I would be happy to know that if that was my mom or dad they could go get someone to help them make their house safe & healthy! Its not like they are getting their houses remodled, with stainless steel appliances and marble countertops. Its neccessary repairs, like a new roof, or new windows, or insulation installed, or water lines replaced, etc......things that insure that their house doesn't fall down around them while they get sicker and weaker and older.
There SHOULD be a place for people like this! I'm sure they check income & all the proper paperwork. This world has become sad when we look at each other so negatively. I know people work the system, I'm surely not naive, but I also know that those people are mostly drawing TANF & Food Stamps & other forms of help that can be exchanged for cash or traded for other items. I have a feeling that hustlers, druggies, & welfare frauders are the LEAST bit worried about whether their roof is leaking (most likely they rent, not own their home), there windows are broken (also will be fixed by landlords), they have no insulation (they probably get fuel assistance & could care less how the bill is paid, as long as its paid), pipes are leaking (landlords problem again), etc......
So I am happy this program is available! Even if only one elderly person on a fixed income has benefited from the home improvement project, I'm happy to know they are sittimg at home, warm/cool, with no leaks or cracks!
Some people NEVER think about the ones who TRUELY need the help because they are so worried that someone who doesn't deserve something is trying to get it! What a world!
There was a family in Narrows that got new siding, gutters, and a roof, but this was due to damage from a hale storm, the house is beautiful, and her neighbors actually got the same thing, all but one I think, they had just replaced their roof, it was something to do with their house insurances, they did theirs first and she sent them to talk to her neighbors, and they got theirs done too. She said that they took care of everything for her, picked the contractors, managed the job, and made sure everything was up to code, all she did was sign the papers and all it cost was the insurance deductible. I looked and the name of the service was Clark Claim Services in Radford I think, forgot to write down the address, bc I knew if I needed it I could call, you may want to check with them in regards to the roof, with there was an damage due to weather. hope this helps someone, still can't get over the change to their house, its beautiful and one of her neighbors is gorgeous to, but theirs was made by the colors they chose.
i know

Pembroke, VA

#9 Aug 5, 2012
Actually wrote:
I think its a GREAT idea. I know a few older people who worked their whole life and then retired and now they draw a measly SSI check that is barely enough to live on & WAY less than they made working, which wasn't much, anyway. Only a few of them still have a little 401k left, what they haven't used to stay afloat. Rent, car payment, insurance, groceries, gas, electric bill, water bill, phone bill. That's just the essentials, then they have to account for the co-pays, if they get sick (and have to see a doctor) OR have an emergency (and have to go to the hospital). Then they can add bills the doctor and/or hospital send that includes the portion Medicare doesn't cover. Car breaks down. All kinds of things can happen in everyday life.
I would be happy to know that if that was my mom or dad they could go get someone to help them make their house safe & healthy! Its not like they are getting their houses remodled, with stainless steel appliances and marble countertops. Its neccessary repairs, like a new roof, or new windows, or insulation installed, or water lines replaced, etc......things that insure that their house doesn't fall down around them while they get sicker and weaker and older.
There SHOULD be a place for people like this! I'm sure they check income & all the proper paperwork. This world has become sad when we look at each other so negatively. I know people work the system, I'm surely not naive, but I also know that those people are mostly drawing TANF & Food Stamps & other forms of help that can be exchanged for cash or traded for other items. I have a feeling that hustlers, druggies, & welfare frauders are the LEAST bit worried about whether their roof is leaking (most likely they rent, not own their home), there windows are broken (also will be fixed by landlords), they have no insulation (they probably get fuel assistance & could care less how the bill is paid, as long as its paid), pipes are leaking (landlords problem again), etc......
So I am happy this program is available! Even if only one elderly person on a fixed income has benefited from the home improvement project, I'm happy to know they are sittimg at home, warm/cool, with no leaks or cracks!
Some people NEVER think about the ones who TRUELY need the help because they are so worried that someone who doesn't deserve something is trying to get it! What a world!
Apparently they only check actual income..I know one guy in Rich Creek that got free repairs, he owns 3 homes (he rents out 2 of them) owns 2 nice cars and has money in the bank..this program is a taxpayer rip-off!
Dana

United States

#10 Aug 7, 2012
This is a joke...it comes outta our pockets
poor man workin

Pembroke, VA

#11 Aug 9, 2012
Ive heard alot of stories about how this program is abused in Giles (and everywhere else Id say), but its the government's fault by allowing loopholes that people take advantage of. Not counting how much somebody has in the bank or how much they really own leaves open the door for abusers.
Actually

United States

#12 Aug 11, 2012
i know wrote:
<quoted text>
Apparently they only check actual income..I know one guy in Rich Creek that got free repairs, he owns 3 homes (he rents out 2 of them) owns 2 nice cars and has money in the bank..this program is a taxpayer rip-off!
If this is true, not just hearsay, & you actually KNOW of someone cheating this program & you haven't reported it, YOU are just as guilty as the person whose doing the cheating! If you are a taxpaying citizen, and this is a state or federally funded program, your taxes are paying for these repairs. If you sit back & keep quiet, what makes you any better? By letting this slide you are allowing this person to get away with fraud. Which means, another family that actually needs the help will not get it! It makes me so mad when people come on here & say, "I know a person who is cheating or frauding", yet, you don't actually DO anything about it. It makes me wonder, do you TRUELY know of someone doing this or have you just "heard" thru someone else that its going on? I surely wouldn't sit back & do NOTHING & if I did, I definitely wouldn't complain about it or post a comment on this website. I would be ashamed to say I know this is going on & I have done nothing to change the the situation. I guess that's just me!
im a nut

Pembroke, VA

#13 Aug 12, 2012
Actually wrote:
<quoted text>
If this is true, not just hearsay, & you actually KNOW of someone cheating this program & you haven't reported it, YOU are just as guilty as the person whose doing the cheating! If you are a taxpaying citizen, and this is a state or federally funded program, your taxes are paying for these repairs. If you sit back & keep quiet, what makes you any better? By letting this slide you are allowing this person to get away with fraud. Which means, another family that actually needs the help will not get it! It makes me so mad when people come on here & say, "I know a person who is cheating or frauding", yet, you don't actually DO anything about it. It makes me wonder, do you TRUELY know of someone doing this or have you just "heard" thru someone else that its going on? I surely wouldn't sit back & do NOTHING & if I did, I definitely wouldn't complain about it or post a comment on this website. I would be ashamed to say I know this is going on & I have done nothing to change the the situation. I guess that's just me!
whats the point, nothing ever gets done in giles anyway...look at all the waste that goes on and the backdoor deals like the fly ash dump.
WHISTLE BLOWER

Pembroke, VA

#14 Aug 25, 2012
Actually wrote:
<quoted text>
If this is true, not just hearsay, & you actually KNOW of someone cheating this program & you haven't reported it, YOU are just as guilty as the person whose doing the cheating! If you are a taxpaying citizen, and this is a state or federally funded program, your taxes are paying for these repairs. If you sit back & keep quiet, what makes you any better? By letting this slide you are allowing this person to get away with fraud. Which means, another family that actually needs the help will not get it! It makes me so mad when people come on here & say, "I know a person who is cheating or frauding", yet, you don't actually DO anything about it. It makes me wonder, do you TRUELY know of someone doing this or have you just "heard" thru someone else that its going on? I surely wouldn't sit back & do NOTHING & if I did, I definitely wouldn't complain about it or post a comment on this website. I would be ashamed to say I know this is going on & I have done nothing to change the the situation. I guess that's just me!
Ive reported 2 cases where people recently used this program that didnt need taxpayer help, was told an investigation will take place

Since: Jul 10

Narrows

#15 Aug 29, 2012
This is why I don't even try to qualify for any programs like this.If I got the help someone would start trouble for me.Best to just let the house fall into the ground.
outlaw welfare vote Romny

Newport, VA

#16 Sep 3, 2012
chandra23 wrote:
This is why I don't even try to qualify for any programs like this.If I got the help someone would start trouble for me.Best to just let the house fall into the ground.
If you are truly poor then you deserve some help, but if you or your family can afford to pay for repairs then you shouldnt ask for it from taxpayers. I know a woman that years ago got free storm windows, furnace repairs, and free fuel oil in winter, truth was her house was actually owned by her 2 sons and each was making at least 60-80 grand a year driving trucks.
outlaw welfare vote Romny

Newport, VA

#17 Sep 3, 2012
WHISTLE BLOWER wrote:
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Ive reported 2 cases where people recently used this program that didnt need taxpayer help, was told an investigation will take place
Please post on here if anything happens, Id also like to know where to call to report frauds like this. We need more people like you.

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