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Fairmont-Morgantown Housing Authority Provides Home Repair Assistance To Veterans

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FAIRMONT -

With temperatures in the teens and all of this snow on the ground, it's important to stay warm.

"I really did need a furnace really bad," said Robert Jones, U.S. Navy Veteran. "It's something I needed very much and it's something I couldn't have done without their help."

Those helpful people are from the Fairmont-Morgantown Housing Authority.

It recently announced a new program that benefits veterans in Marion, Monongalia, Taylor, Preston, and Harrison counties.

"It's for veterans of overseas environmental interventions and their spouses or any veterans and their spouses," said Amy Hammond, Fairmont-Morgantown Housing Authority. "The income limits are different for either program."

Robert Jones served in the United States Navy from 1973 until 2000.

He is the first veteran in the area to take advantage of the program.

"With the program that I got set up with, I got a new furnace, new windows, new doors," Jones said.

Hammon said she will go to the homes and see what kind of repairs that the veteran needs.

She will then make a list of items FMHA can do.

"I will solicit contractors to get the work done," she said.

However, there are some restrictions and requirements.

"I would need a copy of their deed and copy of their lifetime rights if they would have lifetime rights instead of ownership," Hammond said. "Paid property tax, proof of homeowners insurance. I would need proof of their income."

FMHA provided Jones with smoke detectors, new windows, new doors, and even a furnace.

"When you don't have the money yourself to get something done and then you have a program like they have to come in and help you, it's like a blessing from the Lord," Jones said.

The Housing Authority considers it an honor to give back to our veterans.

"Personally, in memory of our fallen veterans, our POWS, and our local veterans. We hope to help many veterans in our area," Hammond said.

If you are a veteran that meets the requirements or you would like additional information on the program, you can contact Amy Hammond at 304-363-0860 ext. 121.