Our Origins/Community Impact
In 1997, HOW started up by applying for funding for owner-occupied home rehabilitation with local community support. Communities including Warsaw, Winona Lake, Pierceton, Claypool, Mentone, Syracuse and Kosciusko County provided match dollars that enabled us to apply for these grants. Once we became an operational organization, low-to-moderate income homeowners were able to come to us for home-repair assistance through these OOR grants.
HOW writes rehab specifications for the work we do and hires local contractors to perform the work. Every dollar spent assists a family in the community and goes back into our local economy, giving steady work to local contractors and their sub-contractors.
To date, HOW has administered about $6.3 million in OOR and Housing Preservation grants.