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Repair Help, Vacation Watch Available for Homeowners

Homeowners Reminded of Vacation Watch Service

Residents who are planning a vacation this summer are encouraged to sign up for the free Vacation Watch residential security checks. This free service will provide inspections of the accessible exterior of registered homes. Officers will check registered residences while homeowners are out of town. While police cannot guarantee they will be able to check residences on specific times or dates, officers will make every effort to perform as many security checks on residents allowed by workload.

To sign up for Vacation Watch, visit the Vacation Watch Web page. Following are some additional tips for keeping the home safe when away for extended periods of time.

• Make sure the house looks "lived in" while away; stop mail and cancel all deliveries or ask a friend to make daily collections
• Hide empty garbage cans • Leave shades and blinds in normal positions.
• Put an automatic timer on several lights and the radio
• Have a trusted neighbor keep property maintained
• Leave a key with a trusted neighbor
• Store valuables in a safe deposit box
• Share departure and return dates with a trusted neighbor; provide them with an itinerary and emergency contact information
• Lock all windows and doors, and double-check garage doors before departure.
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding is an avenue by which the Housing and Human Services (HHS) Department is assisting Irving residents. Goals of the program include:
  • Housing and infrastructure improvements
  • Maintaining the city’s existing housing stock
  • Providing funding to nonprofits for the expansion of needed human services
Senior citizens, low-income and disabled residents may be eligible to receive federal funding for home rehabilitation and restoration projects through a Community Development Block Grant. Up to $5,000 is available to homeowners who need assistance with air conditioning, heating, electrical, roofing or plumbing repairs detrimental to life, health or safety and requires immediate attention. More extensive repairs may be completed through the HHS home restoration loan program.

Approximately $500,000 has been allocated by the federal government to assist Irving families with the aforementioned needs this year. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must meet certain HUD eligiblity requirements. To learn more or apply for the program, visit or visit with Housing and Human Services Department staff at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd., or call (972) 721-4800.

Posted July 9

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