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Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County weatherized eight homes

Posted Jan. 08, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.

Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County has weatherized eight homes in Waldo County as part of a statewide Habitat weatherization program. Known for partnering with local families to build new houses, Habitat for Humanity also helps existing homeowners with repairs and weatherization needs. Habitat serves families with incomes between 25% and 80% of median family income for the area.

In 2013 Habitat for Humanity began a weatherization program to help families throughout the state make better, more efficient use of their heating resources. The program was funded by generous grants from Dead River Company, Gorham Savings Bank, and Bangor Savings Bank and carried out by volunteers from the Habitat for Humanity affiliates throughout Maine.

The program included the identification of possible candidates, a visit to the home to evaluate the needs, and the completion of the work by volunteers. Typical work included weather stripping doors, caulking windows and cracks, blocking holes that allowed leaks, as well as some minor repairs.

The work was facilitated by the use of a powerful blower door kit that helps to identify leaks. Waldo Community Action Program generously loaned Habitat a blower door kit for the duration of the project.

Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County has partnered with two families to build two homes in Waldo County and is actively raising funds to build a third. The goal is to build safe, decent, affordable homes for the partner families we are committed to serving.

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