Cape Girardeau is lending a hand to a few local elderly in need of housing renovations

Grant helps senior's renovate homes

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A few Senior Citizens in Cape Girardeau, Missouri will sleep better knowing the city selected them for housing renovations.

A grant helped Rocky Jones get his home after the 1993 flood and now, he’s excited to learn a new program will help him get the repairs he needs.

Jones is one of 10 senior citizens receiving grant money to fix major issues around his home.

“It’s a 70-year-old house and they all need work on them especially this one," Housing Assistance coordinator Steve Williams said.

Jones moved here after the ’93 flood, and used to be his own handy man. But now age and health prevent him from doing the repairs himself.

“This year since I had that stroke, I can’t do it like I use to,” Jones said.

Williams says right now they have three seniors selected.

Each will receive $16,500 to fix their home.

He says this grant is different because it only can be awarded to people 62-years and older.

"The reason we did that is because we have seniors that are on fixed income and some of them don’t have the capacity to do some of the things that they need to do maintain their property,' Williams said.

Jones is looking forward to all the improvements.

"You need windows too don’t you? said Williams.

"They all leak you sit here and fill the cold weather coming through” said Jones.

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