Setting Homeowners Up For Success

Setting Homeowners Up For Success

Partner families in our homeowner program just finished the 8 hour home maintenance classes we offer in our warehouse. This training program is made possible by funding and support from the FirstEnergy Foundation. We use a home module built inside our warehouse to teach basic home repair so our partner families know how to resolve… Continue reading Setting Homeowners Up For Success

Preparing Your Home for Winter

Preparing Your Home for Winter

By: Kim Kerr, Family Services Manager Summer always seems to fly by so quickly.  It is November already!  We all know in Northeast Ohio what is coming sooner or later.  Some are excited by those cold temperatures and white flakes, while others are dreading those things.  Either way, our houses need to be prepared now… Continue reading Preparing Your Home for Winter

Organizing Important Documents

Organizing important documents

By: Mary Shepherd, Partner Family Coordinator and Kim Kerr, Family Services Manager There are many reasons you, or a loved one, may need to be able to get your hands on important documents.  You may become incapacitated due to an accident or illness, you may have had your wallet stolen leaving you needing to replace… Continue reading Organizing Important Documents

If A Natural Disaster Hit…

If A Natural Disaster Hit...

By: Mary Shepherd, Partner Family Coordinator Several weeks ago Summit County experienced excessive rain and nearby areas were flooded. In mid-August, Summit County experienced high winds which uprooted trees and caused home damage and electric outages. Summit County periodically experiences thunderstorms, snowstorms and tornadoes.  Disasters can strike with little notice, and it’s important to be… Continue reading If A Natural Disaster Hit…

Home Inventory

Home Inventory

By: Mary Shepherd, Partner Family Coordinator If someone asked you to list all the contents of your home, could you do it?  Even if you could list everything, would you be able to provide detailed information – purchase date, cost, model, serial number?  Those who have experienced a major loss of the contents of their… Continue reading Home Inventory

Homeowner Spotlight: Darlisa

Darlisa

Darlisa officially became a proud Habitat Homeowner at a home dedication ceremony in November of 2016. She is currently is a Branch Service Manager at Huntington National Bank and will start school at Stark State this fall to earn a degree in psychology. Homeownership before the age of 30 has been Darlisa’s dream and she… Continue reading Homeowner Spotlight: Darlisa

Fair Housing

Fair Housing

By: Mary Shepherd, Partner Family Coordinator “Fair housing” is the right that individuals have for equal housing opportunities. These rights are protected by the Federal Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act protects the right of an individual to choose where he or she wants to live without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national… Continue reading Fair Housing

Food Smart

Food Smart

by Mary Shepherd, HFHSC Family Coordinator Many thrifty homeowners use money-saving strategies when buying groceries at the store. These “food smart” consumers can save even more after the groceries arrive home. The key is to use the purchased food efficiently to minimize waste. Wasting less food actually begins before you go to the grocery store. … Continue reading Food Smart

Your Home is an Asset

by Mary Shepherd, HFHSC Family & Volunteer Coordinator Your home is an important asset. Owning a home can bring financial rewards as well as personal satisfaction that comes with knowing that you have “A Home of Your Own.” Home ownership provides the homeowner with an important financial asset because real estate  increases in value over… Continue reading Your Home is an Asset

Help Your Home Recover from Winter

Help Your Home Recover from Winter

by Mary Shepherd, HFHSC Family & Volunteer Coordinator Winter weather can be damaging to a home.  Early spring is a good time to inspect your home for damage and plan for home maintenance and repair.  The National Association of Home Builders and Erie Insurance recommend taking the following actions to assess winter damage: Inspect the… Continue reading Help Your Home Recover from Winter