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Home Improvement Programs to Change


Home Improvement Programs to Change

Home Improvement Programs to Change
News from KATV:

A Seven-On-Your-Side investigation is leading to changes in the way a government grant program is administered here in Arkansas.

The USDA was not very cooperative as we worked to learn more about how home improvement grants and loans are awarded to poor, elderly Arkansas homeowners.

We also wanted to know how the contractors are picked.

Our initial Freedom of Information Act request was rejected.

We appealed and more than two years later we were provided with limited information.

And no one with the state’s USDA office has been willing to do an interview with us.

That lack of cooperation is starting to change.

In early October when we visited the home of 82 year-old Ruby Pickens there were two USDA inspectors also visiting her home.

They were evaluating the job done by the contractor that Pickens had chosen off a list provided by the USDA.

Channel Seven’s investigation into that list revealed that of the twenty contractors Pickens had to pick from, most lived more than 60 miles away.  

Most were not licensed by the state.

Three were no longer in business.

Two…were dead.

On Tuesday USDA State Director Lawrence McCollough visited Ms. Pickens home to see for himself the job that was done.

He now agrees…………… continues on KATV

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Related News:

Homeowners tackling more home improvement projects themselves
News from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

(BPT) – On any given weekend, homeowners can be found climbing around in attics to add insulation, repairing shingles on the roof, installing new floors in kitchens and bathrooms, and handling many other home improvement projects that, with a little elbow grease, they are able to do themselves.

This trend is crossing many generations. Forty-four percent of millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) and 57 percent of Gen Xers (born between 1960 and 1980) prefer to do home improvement and renovation projects themselves, according to Iconoculture researchers.

“Small updates can make dramatic improvements to the look and feel of your home, like adding a fresh coat of paint, replacing an exterior door or installing new flooring,” says Kathy Krafka Harkema, Pella Windows & Doors spokesperson. “Renovations can also help increase energy efficiency, which may save money on utility bills.”

One popular project that affects both the exterior and interior of the house is replacing a drafty old entry door with a stylish, energy-efficient one to transform the look and feel of the home without breaking the budget.

“As interior and exterior focal points, entry doors add highly-visible curb appeal,” Krafka Harkema says. “Whether you’re expressing a certain style, your commitment to energy efficiency, or your passion for a particular color, Pella entry doors…………… continues on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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