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Fairfield Offers Help For Residents Needing Home Repairs

Fairfield Director of Community and Economic Development Mark Barnhart will talk about Fairfield's assistance programs for low-income residents Wednesday at the Fairfield Senior Center.
Fairfield Director of Community and Economic Development Mark Barnhart will talk about Fairfield's assistance programs for low-income residents Wednesday at the Fairfield Senior Center. Photo Credit: Greg Canuel (File)

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield residents can get more information on a town-sponsored program to help low-income families make repairs or improvements to their homes this week.

Mark Barnhart, Fairfield’s director of Community and Economic Development, will lead an information session on Fairfield’s Handyman and Single Family Rehabilitation programs at the Fairfield Senior Center Wednesday.

Fairfield’s Handyman program offers residents up to eight hours of free labor per project through a qualified contractor. Homeowners still need to cover the cost of any materials used in the repairs.

The types of repairs eligible for the program include minor plumbing or electrical work, light carpentry, gutter cleaning and realignment, masonry repairs and minor roof work.

The Handyman program is paid for by a grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The department has income limits to determine eligibility for the program. The income limits increase with the number of people in a household, ranging from $30,800 for a single-member household to $57,200 for an eight-person household.

The town also manages HUD’s Single-Family Rehabilitation program, which covers larger-scale repairs. The program offers low-income homeowners help paying for projects that will “improve home condition, prevent or correct physical deterioration, conserve energy and/or correct code violations.”

The system does not cover repairs to outbuildings or other non-living spaces or “cosmetic” improvements such as painting or landscaping.

The Single-Family Rehabilitation program has higher income limits than the handyman program, but still has limits based on number of people in each household. See the town website for the program’s limits.

Barnhart’s seminar will start at 10:15 on Wednesday at the Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace. Those interested can also get more information by calling the Office of Economic and Community Development at 203-256-3120 or visit the department’s website.

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