As winter weather is approaching quickly, a service available through Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. is available to help qualifying, elderly county residents make emergency repairs to their homes.
"The Residential Emergency Services Repairs to the Elderly or RESTORE was created to help elderly residents make their homes safer and more accessible," said Jesse Loomis, COI Housing Rehabilitation manager. "We can help the elderly living on a fixed income make sure their homes are ready to brave the brutal western New York winter. The service includes a variety of improvements including replacement of heating systems, roofing repairs, mending porch steps to eliminate the risk of falling, electrical and plumbing repairs and many other services."
According to Loomis, a key component of the RESTORE program is the response time. "This program is very specific when it comes to meeting deadlines," he said. "Because the repairs can affect the health and safety of homeowners, we want to complete all repairs within 30 days of the initial request for assistance. This is unlike any other program offered by COI. This program ends at the end of this year, so we encourage area residents to call right away."
Applicants must be at least 60 years old, own their home and meet income guidelines. Interested residents are asked to call 366-8176 in Dunkirk and 661-9430 in Jamestown and ask to speak with a navigator.