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Helping neighbors

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I would like to acquaint my fellow McHenry County residents with a unique program available to low-income homeowners.

This program – Neighbors Helping Neighbors – is intended to address a problem that goes beyond the typical cash, food, clothing and medicine aids that help some barely manage.

Tom Bitterman, the administrator of NHN, said that when many low-income families use all of the resources available to them, they still have nothing left to repair the leaking roof, which leaves water dripping from the ceiling or running down the wall, or the broken, cracked or rotting windows that let in the cold. Bitterman said that there are many homes that are below even the minimum standards of safety and comfort, but the residents have no means to repair them.

NHN is designed to help those who qualify. This can include malfunctioning electrical systems, plumbing, rotting stairs, loose and unsafe railings, etc.

If you feel you might qualify, Bitterman will walk you through rather simplified application and follow through on selection of contractors, all of which will be professional, licensed residents of the county. He will then inspect the finished project to make certain it is done correctly. There is no cost to those who are accepted into the program.

Of course, NHN works on a budget. Therefore, I would urge anyone wanting more information to contact Neighbors Helping Neighbors at 815-341-1047 or write to NHN, 4920 Fountain Lane, McHenry, IL 60050.

Don Kinsala


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