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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Guide offers tips on grants, teaming with neighbors on home improvement

Roofing projectBellevue has brought back its popular home maintenance resource guide in a new, searchable, online format. Unlike commercial how-to books, the guide offers tips on obtaining city assistance and teaming up with neighbors on neighborhood improvement projects. There are suggestions about home repair, but also about finding grants or other government funding to help pay for it.

The city used to offer a home maintenance guide a few years ago, and it was a popular resource. The new version, created by the city's Neighborhood Outreach office, is more concise, targeting information users found most helpful, and directed toward neighborhood livability.

The new guide, "Home, Neighborhood and Yard Maintenance -- A Resource Guide," is also much easier to use, with users able to follow links to the exact chapter or section they want. The guide includes information about:

  • Keeping neighborhoods attractive with city assistance and neighbor teamwork;
  • Finding funding and assistance for home repair;
  • Permits for remodeling or repair;
  • Home repair checklist and how-to guides;
  • Exchanging building materials or household goods;
  • Reducing reusable home clutter;
  • Making money while getting rid of clutter; garage sale tips; and
  • Recycling appliances and "white elephants."

The Internet guide is another step in Bellevue's continuing commitment to providing programs, services and education to enhance neighborhood livability. 

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Planning & Community Development
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Ying Carlson
Phone: 425-452-4342
E-mail: ycarlson@bellevuewa.gov

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