By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
The Housing and Community Development Department will be teaming up with Mead Lumber on Saturday in an effort to spread the word of the Self Help Housing Program, funded by a yearly USDA grant.
Mead Lumber has been a constant fixture throughout the Self Help Housing process by maintaining bids for buiding materials.
“It is just a promotion,” Housing and Community Development Director Karen LaFreniere said. “What we are doing is we had talked with each other a long time ago about getting together to promote Self Help Housing.
“The group of houses we are doing now, they had the bid for the materials,” she continued. “Actually, they consistently had a bid. We just want to do recruiting for Self Help Housing, and we thought that would be a good way to promote it. That way, people can come and see the possibilities of things they can put in their homes.”
LaFreniere encourages individuals that might possibly fit the criteria to visit Mead Lumber from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for further information.
“Our Self Help people are 80 percent of the median income, so they are low income,” she said. “The number depends on the family size, so it varies.”
Although there will be plenty of information available regarding the Self Help Housing Program, information on additional Housing and Community Development projects will be on hand as well.
“What we are going to take with us are some floor plans and some pictures of some houses that we have done,” she said. “Then we will have applications, of course. Just information in general, and information on some other programs we have.”