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Raleigh Offers Low-Income Homeowners Funding For Home Repairs

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Everything inside the Harris household is new, but it wasn't always that way.

"The flooring was uneven, and started coming up," said Robert Williams, the homeowner's son. "It started the whole process, getting the ball rolling."

Like many older homes in the southeast Raleigh neighborhood, the home was in dire need of repair. The retired couple couldn't afford to fix it. That's when Williams stepped in.

"The work needed to be done anyway, and I saw a way of getting it done without any cost to them or any of us," he said.

Williams applied with the city's new homeowner rehabilitation program. Because his parents live in a low-income area and make a small amount of money, they qualified for more than $50,000 worth of work.

"I think it's wonderful," said homeowner Herbert Harris. "They did a wonderful job."

The best part about the program is that the Harris' don't owe a cent. As long as they live in the house for 15 years, the loan is forgiven. But if they move or sell the house, the city said they must pay the money back to prevent them from benefiting from the program.

So far, the city has received about 60 applications for the program. There is $950,000 available. For more information, call