New baseboard heater installed in the Lamere home.
By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Tribal Housing Opportunities Program (THOP) stopped accepting home rehab applications on October 14 because of funding limitations.
Program manager Shaylynn Kellogg said program staff will be dealing with existing Rehab applications on Thursday and Friday but will still be answering telephone calls. The program received a total of $1.5 million in CARES Act funding.
The staff has processed 301 applications that were approved with work already being done or completed on tribal members homes.
Kellogg said the approved applications were primarily tribal elders 55 and older including 295 elders out of the 301 applications. The majority of the projects include roofing, along with bathroom rehab fixing plumbing, American Disability Act (ADA) accessibility, ramps, HVAC, furnace replacement, a few siding repairs, windows, appliances, stoves, washers/dryers and electrical repairs.
She said they will reopen applications if more funding is allocated through the CARES Act.
Willie and Debbie Lamere are recipients of CARES Act THOP Rehab funds. “I would like to thank the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the THOP program, 477, Finance, the council and anyone else involved in the home repairs,” Debbie said.
New refrigerator received by the Lamere's.
She said it had been about a year since they weren’t able to use their electrical outlets in their kitchen because a mouse was chewing on the wires. “Because of this I had to use an extension to run from the hall to the kitchen counters to use my kitchen appliances. I had to cook sometimes in other rooms when using my crock pot,” she continued. The other problem was in their front room, when they turned the heat on, the wall would heat up. Upon inspection, the electricians found the baseboards were too old that cause the problem, along with a loose wire inside by the thermostat.
Debbie said the repairman diligently worked to find the electrical problems, he almost gave up but finally found the problem using a GFCI outlet. He replaced all but two of their baseboards and thermostats throughout their house because of the age of their home. “We could have had a major fire because of the electrical problems in our home. We truly feel grateful for the funding of the COVID funds and the expertise of Blu Hayball’s electric company.”
She said they also received a much needed refrigerator as their fridge was older and it froze food when they placed items on top shelves. “Another big thank you to all involved in the funding and the help we received.”