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There's a bit of relief coming for seniors living in Flint that are in desperate need of home repairs.

Thanks to the $120,0000 that was awarded to The Genesee County Habitat for Humanity, Flint seniors will get critical home repairs done for free. The money came from The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and will be used for repairs including roofs, structural damage, electric, handicap accessibility, energy efficiency upgrades, and other health or code-related repair needs.

According to Flint Beat, the award is part of Mott Foundation’s Focus on Flint initiative, a $1 million grant program designed to engage community members and strengthen the City of Flint.

Thomas Hutchison, executive director of Genesee County Habitat for Humanity:

Helping seniors who want to stay in their homes is critical to maintaining the fabric of a neighborhood. Often they are the ones who built that community, the ones who fixed the flat tire on your bike when you were younger, the ones who connected neighbors to each other, the advocates for the park down the block, and the ones who choked down your too sweet lemonade at 50 cents a cup. At the end of the day, it’s the least we can do.

To be eligible for funding, Flint residents have to own the home they live in, they must be at least 60 years old and at or under 120% of the area median income based on household size ($53,760 for one person and $76,680 for a four-person household).

Residents interested in applying for the program can visit the Genesee County Habitat for Humanity’s website.

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