NeighborWorks Umpqua is looking for veterans in or around Roseburg who need home repairs or improvements.

The nonprofit organization has grants up to $8,000 available through the Veteran Home Improvement Program.

“VHIP is a program that will allow Roseburg’s veterans to modernize and reinvest in their home without significant financial commitment on their part, NeighborWorks Umpqua Community and Economic Development Director Michelle Martin said in a written statement.

Martin said after researching Douglas County veterans’ housing conditions, NeighborWorks staff were “shocked at the data.” So they decided to focus on housing improvements for veterans.

“No one who has served our country should ever have to live in or experience substandard housing conditions,” Martin said.

The VHIP grants will cover projects like ramp installation, widening doors, and repairing or replacing deficient roofing.

Veterans must meet a few requirements to be eligible for the grant. The home and land must be owned and occupied by the veteran in Roseburg. It cannot be located in a mobile home park.

The veteran must also have been honorably discharged and have an income at or below 80 percent of the average median income.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at ccegavske@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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