By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

NeighborWorks Umpqua (NWU) opened enrollment April 12 for a grant from the Home Ownership Assistance Program (HOAP).

On its website, NWU defines itself as a private, rural nonprofit organization working to enhance the lives of residents in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Josephine, Jackson, and Lane Counties.

Communications Specialist Nick Noyes said the HOAP grant is part of its Aging in Place service and seeks seniors 65 and older in Coos or Curry County who need repairs or improvements to their homes. Seniors can apply for up to $5,000.

HOAP grants are funded by Oregon Housing and Community Services and are administered by the state.

NWU Community and Economic Development Director Michelle Martin said the HOAP Aging in Place program allows senior residents to reinvest in their homes without significant financial commitment.

She said, “We are also looking for any Coos or Curry County licensed contractors who would be interested in helping our organization deliver these important services.”

The grants cover projects such as the installation of ramps, widening doors, repairing faulty heating and cooling systems, or repairing roofs. They are funded by HOAP and administered by NWU, according to Noyes.

Enrollment will remain open until the grant money is exhausted, he added.

To be eligible, the home and the land must be owned and occupied by a senior in Coos or Curry County, the home cannot be located in a mobile home park, and the senior must be at or below 80 percent of the area median income.

For more information, or if you are a contractor who could work with NWU, call 541-673-4909 or visit

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