New program helps Tucson homeowners in need - Tucson News Now

New program helps Tucson homeowners in need

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Homeowners in need can now get some extra help. The non-profit Habitat for Humanity Tucson, known for helping families achieve their dream of owning a home, is now launching a new program.

The program will help homeowners struggling financially and physically keep up with repairs.

Homeowner 78-year-old Ana Cox, who has lived in the same house since 1972, knew it was time for a new roof when something hit her in the head while she was watching television in her favorite spot. "It hit me right in the head and didn't even get sore," Ana said with a chuckle. 

She was referring to a piece of roof that fell on her. Over the years her sons made roof repairs, but they knew more needed to be done. Thanks to a new loan program through Habitat for Humanity, Ana was able to get a new roof.

Today the nonprofit received an investment of $100,000 from the Tucson Housing Foundation to kick off their Housing Opportunities Loan Fund.  Habitat for Humanity says there are over 50,000 homes in Pima County over 50 years old that need repairs.  This first investment will help homeowners 62 years and older, on a low income, apply for loans to keep up with the maintenance of their homes.  

Homeowners are able to pay back the money interest free. Also, they are required to volunteer some of their time with Habitat for Humanity. The nonprofit is in negotiations with other investors so they can expand the new program.

With a new roof over her head, Ana is happy to be able to have her favorite spot back."I'm almost speechless, thank the lord for all of it,"says Ana. For more information on the program and how to qualify, click here.

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