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Housing Assistance

HOUSING COUNSELING

Services available to all

Monday – Friday: 8AM – 4PM

CHANGE, Inc. is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency that can offer various housing counseling services. To begin your housing counseling experience, please click here to create a personal customer account and one of our housing counselor will contact you. Our Housing Counseling provides assistance with the following:

  • Home Buyer Education Workshops*
  • Online Home Buyer Education*
  • Finance and Credit Counseling
  • Rental Counseling
  • Resolving or Preventing Mortgage
  • Delinquency or Default

FIRST TIME HOME BUYER PROGRAM

Services available for residents of Brooke & Hancock county

The West Virginia Northern Panhandle Home Consortium’s First Time Home Buyer program (FTHB) assists individuals and families in obtaining affordable housing within Hancock County, Brooke County, and the city of Weirton by providing down payment and closing cost assistance up to $10,000. The money is distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis in each jurisdiction, and it limited to a certain number of families per year.

Check here to determine if you may be eligible.
If eligible, visit the housing counseling portal to create a personal customer account and one of our housing counselors will contact you. 

WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Services available for residents of Brooke, Hancock, Ohio and Marshall counties

Monday -Friday: 8AM – 4PM

The Weatherization Assistance Program assists in reducing energy use for low income families by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.

Typical Weatherization measures include:

  • Attic sealing
  • Attic insulation & venting
  • Dense pack sidewall insulation
  • Furnace modification & retrofit
  • Duct testing, repair & sealing
  • Primary air sealing to blower door
    standards
  • Water pipe insulation
  • Duct insulation
  • Floor insulation
  • Window repair is included, but window replacement is not

EMERGENCY REPAIR & REPLACE PROGRAM

Services available for residents of Brooke, Hancock, Ohio and Marshall counties

Monday -Friday: 8AM – 4PM
CHANGE, Inc. administrates the Emergency Repair and Replace Program on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Resources.

SERVICES
This program aids households in need of emergency heat, including the repair or replacement of non-operable heating units. This program also aids households in providing portable air conditioning units.

ELIGIBILITY
Open to individuals and families living in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall Counties that meet the income guidelines.

To Receive Service
Call, stop in our office, or visit our website for an application. Must submit application including intake forms, copy of photo ID, proof of income for all persons in the home receiving income (if 18 years or older and no income, must fill out no income affidavit), heating bill (gas, oil, wood, kerosene), and electric bill.

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

Services available for residents of WV

Monday -Friday: 8AM – 4PM

The Transitional Housing Program enables victims of domestic violence and their families to obtain safe, affordable housing upon exiting a domestic violence shelter.

SERVICES
The Transitional Housing Program provides for longer term shelter for domestic violence victims and their families upon leaving the Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter. The housing also provides support services that assist families in the transition from emergency shelter to permanent housing. Residents are required to establish goals, meet program requirements, and work towards self-sufficiency. Victim Advocates provide residents with guidance, case management, mentoring and role modeling in order to facilitate better outcomes for the residents.

To Receive Service
Call the Domestic Violence Awareness Center for more information about the Transitional Housing Program and its requirements.

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