CORRECTION: This story originally misidentified firefighter John Pellouchoud. He is with Boulder Mountain Fire.
Boulder Mountain Fire volunteer firefighter John Pellouchoud will be the first flood victim helped by Flatirons Habitat for Humanity through its critical home repair program.
The first couple of weekends in February, Habitat volunteers plan to help him with repairs to his kitchen, including replacing drywall, and with outside repairs. His home was damaged in the September floods, and he was washed away by a wall of mud and survived by climbing a tree.
Habitat for Humanity recently partnered with Boulder’s housing division to find more low- and middle-income flood victims who still need to complete home repairs after exhausting other resources, including flood insurance and Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance.
“We wanted to create an avenue for folks who don’t have the resources to repair their home so they can stay in it,” said Casey Payne, Flatirons Habitat spokeswoman. “There are people who may have may have gotten resources to rebuild after the flood, but it’s not enough.”
For the Boulder partnership, the program will be available to any income-qualified homeowner living in Boulder. Habitat will provide project preparation and management, while Boulder housing will provide a 3 percent interest, 15-year deferred loan to bring homes back to a safe and livable condition. Sweat equity — hours spent at the residence doing repairs, repair “homework” such as painting or volunteering at ReStore in Broomfield — also is required.
Habitat also is accepting applications from homeowners outside Boulder who are in the flood zone, but the loan is only available to Boulder residents.
Eligible repairs include those to grounds, septic/sewer systems, exteriors, roofs, structures, insulation, plumbing, electrical, heating, flooring and windows, along with radon mitigation
“Habitat brings their construction management expertise,” said Bonnie Logan, Boulder housing homeownership program manager. “We want to make sure that homeowners get really good advice about what is needed. It’s an organization we feel they can trust.”
She added that the feedback she’s received from homeowners is that they received assistance that took care of immediate health and safety needs, but not enough to repair other damage.
“We’re excited to be able to offer assistance,” she said.
Homeowners who are interested in the City-Habitat Flood Repair Program can find more information and the application at: https://bouldercolorado.gov/homeownership/home-repair-programs. Homeowners also can call 303-441-3157, option 2, or email email@example.com.
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