When a 135-year-old brick home went up for sale, Trisha Pickar needed a loan not only for purchase, but also for renovation. Her community banker referred her to MMCDC for financing, and she went to work.
Family and friends rolled up their sleeves alongside Trisha as she created a one-of-a-kind kitchen in her new home. It features distressed-wood and recycled-tin cabinets from a custom cabinet-maker, salvaged stainless steel, and weathered barnwood. “I either cut it or measured it or nailed it, “ she said, “every single piece in here.” This summer, neighbors will see a much-improved lawn and new garage siding, too.
The community helped Trisha reach her goals. Perham Housing and Redevelopment Authority provided $3,000 in down-payment assistance, with zero interest and deferred payments under a program that dates back to the 1990s, said Mary Holzer, HRA / EDA assistant. At least two other MMCDC customers received HRA loans in 2014.