Mt. Si Senior Center presents on Food Bank, Home Repair Loans, Grants programs this week

There are a couple of important presentations at the Mt Si Senior Center this week.

Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank Info Session

On Monday, August 26th Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank Executive Director Nikki Lloyd will give a presentation about the food bank during lunch at the Senior Center from 12:30 to 1:30PM.

The Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank is available to local residents – not only for food assistance – but also for information on other forms of available assistance. Seniors often live on fixed incomes and may struggle to meet all their needs with the high cost of living today. The food bank can help.

Lloyd will discuss the food bank’s mission and its programs, which include a seniors-only distribution period every Monday morning – and will explain how seniors can get signed up for the food bank and other services.

Low Income Home Repair Loans, Grants

Low-interest loans of up to $20,000 for home repairs are available year-round from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA’s Single-Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants program also provides grants of up to $7,500 to qualifying homeowners who need help removing health and safety hazards from their homes.

Find out more about the loans and grants when USDA loan specialist Cassandra Redden leads an informational session about the program, 11AM. Wednesday, Aug. 28th at Mt. Si Senior Center 411 Main Ave in North Bend.

Redden will answer questions and direct people to additional information during the program.

Also known as the Section 504 Home Repair program, this decades-old program serves very low-income residents. In addition to owning and living in the home to be repaired, the applicant must have family income below 50 percent of the area’s median income to qualify for the 20-year loan at 1 percent interest. Loan applicants can be any age. Grants are available only to homeowners age 62 or older, who would be unable to repay a loan.

Nearly all property in the Snoqualmie Valley is eligible for the program. To find out if a specific property is eligible, check the address through the program at: https://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do?pageAction=sfpd

Anyone interested in learning more about the program can attend this week’s information session.

Mt. Si Senior Center, founded in 1977, is an independent, nonprofit senior center serving adults age 50 and older in North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City, and the surrounding areas. The center’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for older adults by providing services and support in the areas of health and wellness, information and assistance, social and recreational opportunities, housing and transportation.

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