Imagine being a retired senior citizen, having a limited income and being faced with an unexpected home repair bill when your water heater bursts and floods your home. Jose and Aida Cevallos, senior residents of Chino, found themselves in this predicament.

The retired couple lives on limited annual income in a mobile home. When Aida discovered a wet carpet in her closet, she soon discovered it was coming from a leaking water heater. They contacted the City of Chino for assistance who referred them to NPHS for assistance. Mr. and Mrs. Cevallos, filled out an application for the Healthy Homes Program and personally delivered it to the NPHS office on a Friday afternoon.

The Healthy Homes Grant program provides essential home safety repair and upgrade grants for low-income senior, veteran and permanently disabled homeowners residing in targeted communities. By installing safety devices, making small repairs, and providing accessibility modifications such as grab bars, door handles, and exterior steps and ramps, NPHS greatly improves the quality of life for individuals in need.

Through the Healthy Homes Grant Program and a partnership with the city of Chino, Jose and Aida were able to have their leaking water heater replaced, and the rotted damaged wood repaired caused by the flooded water. A licensed contractor was at their home performing repairs the very same day, even though it was a Friday afternoon on a holiday weekend.

In a recent interview Aida said, “We filled out the application and took it personally to the NPHS office. They understood the emergency and contacted a contractor to repair the same day. By the time we got home, the contractor was already at our home. We are very happy and satisfied.”

For more information on the Healthy Homes Grant Program contact NPHS Redevelopment Project Coordinator, Cecilia Gonzalez, at (909) 988-5979 or email at cecilia@nphsinc.org.