Re: A few more ideas - Posted by Ed Copp (OH)
Posted by Ed Copp (OH) on November 12, 2000 at 19:22:15:
come to mind here. some may be of use, some may not.
There may be some local funds, such as community developement block grant monies available for low interest loans to fix heating systems or to weatherize houses.
Check with your local community action center, or it’s equivalent. Your local library can probably point you in the right direction.
If the income of the purchaser falls within certain guidelines (150% of the national average possibly) they may be able to get help from the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). HEAP funds are Federal funds, administered by the states, and distruted locally. They have an emergency program that will even bring out a truckload of firewood, or help pay for some other type of heat.
There may also be a lawyer available that could advise on the transaction (might be free, or a very low fee depending on income). Ask community action about this.
If he is stuck living with the woodburner, this is not the end of the world. Consider living in one room only until spring. The room with the woodburner. Take care to see that the pipes do not freeze, and close everything else off. Get some heavy drapes for all the windows (I’m talking about army blankete here),buy some long underware and perhaps a sleeping bag or two, and then get on with it.
There will be many lessons to learn here, so consider it to be an educational opportunity.