Orange Cove completes first housing rehabilitation project

Posted by BoNhia Lee on June 24, 2014 

The new Zavala home in Orange Cove built through the city's Home Rehabilitation Program.

SELF-HELP ENTERPRISES — Courtesy of Self-Help Enterprises

The city of Orange Cove and Self-Help Enterprises celebrated the completion of the first ever city-funded housing rehabilitation project on Monday with a welcome home party and a demolition.

The agencies built a house for Eduardo and Leticia Zavala and their children through the city’s Housing Rehabilitation Program which is funded by a $390,000 HOME grant from the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

The program helps repair or rebuild old and unsafe homes. The city helps homeowners with an affordable mortgage loan while Self-Help administers the program and works with homeowners to find a contractor for the construction or renovation of a home.

The Zavala’s 961-square-foot house on Center Street had dry-rotted window frames and roof, exposed wiring, plumbing issues, cracked exterior walls, moldy walls and broken windows. It was deemed unsafe and unlivable.

The new four-bedroom, two-bathroom home was built in front of the old house. On Monday, the family received an official welcome into their new home and watched their old house demolished.

Orange Cove is working on a second rehabilitation project on 6th Street. The house will receive a new roof, HVAC system, paint, windows, flooring, exterior doors, insulation upgrade and plumbing repairs. A third homeowner application is pending approval.

For more information or to apply, call Self-Help at (559) 651-1000.

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