I am a 100% disabled Veteran, 63 years old and I live in Placentia CA. My main sewer line needs to be replaced under my house as it is cast iron and deteriorated. From the front of the house to the sidewalk it is ABS. This house was built prior to 1925. Also, my toilet leaks onto the floor. I was doing all the remodeling on this house but am now too ill to do anything. The only money I get is my Social Security and my disability from the VA. Can you help me find someone, anyone that can help me?
Oct 09, 2013, 10:05 AM
Larry, No one at DIY is going to come to the rescue. I think you'll need to do a local search to see if there are any programs out there to help seniors and disabled with home repairs. Here is an alternative way of fixing your line without digging a trench across your property. I've seen it done on This Old House, pretty cool process.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Oct 09, 2013, 12:02 PM
Some suggestions, hopefully helpful:
1. VA has a home loan program: 888.827.3702. I assume this isn't the preferred option, but it is an option.
The Home Loan Guaranty program will guarantee loans made by the private sector; perhaps an equity loan might be acquired to pay for the necessary repairs.
Chase Bank has made its support and special programs for Vets a marketing issue. They might be able to help with even a small loan.
(These are from a very helpful booklet I picked up at a senior health expo; the booklet is titled Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependants (sic) and Survivors, 2012 Edition. It's published by the VA. If Placentia has a senior resource center, it may have a copy for free.
3. Contact the Placentia city administration and inquire if they have any HUD funds still available for chore programs. These funds were typically made available to communities after the beginning of the fiscal year, and are for priority and emergency needs. If the community has already received them, I believe that allocation wouldn't be affected by the federal government shutdown.
4. HUDVET, 800.998.9999, works with Vets' service organizations as a general info center on HUD and community development services. www. hud.gov/hudvet. It may have some suggestions or referrals.
5. I assume by your age that you may have served in Vietnam? You might try the Vietnam Veterans of America, at least for possible referrals.
6. Veterans' charitable organizations: I don't know if they can allocate funding directly for the improvements, but they may have suggestions. Try the VFW. Wounded Warriors is a very active organization but I'm not sure if they address only the more recent conflicts.
7. Contact your county administration for a Vets' assistance center. My County has one, staffed by folks who are resourceful and know what might be available for help.
8. TV stations. they have a lot of resources to publicize needs and can frequently find contractors to donate services.
9. State and Federal legislators, once the shutdown has been resolved. Their staff should have information on resources for Vets.
10. 211 is the "all purpose" United Way helpline; I called them a few years ago to find a Veterans' organization that accepted good condition used furniture and they found one for me.
Perhaps you've already tried some of these options; if not, I hope they help.
Good luck, and thank you for your service.
Sparky, thanks for the info on the trenchless sewer line; it may be the answer to my problems as well.
Oct 09, 2013, 12:06 PM
Larry, I just posted a long reply with several suggestions for private, governmental and charitable options but was notified that my post was flagged because it contained certain triggering words.
If it doesn't show up, I'll repost again, but just briefly and until then, contact Placentia's and your county administration to determine if they have Veteran's resource centers staffed by folks who know what may be available to help.
Two more thoughts after posting: Habitat for Humanity and Christmas in Action, although I believe that a longer lead time is required for them to schedule projects and it sounds as though you need assistance now.
And while DIY is scrutinizing my controversial post, call 211 - it's the United Way hotline, and from what I can determine has a wealth of information on assistance.This message has been edited. Last edited by: GardenSprite,
Oct 09, 2013, 02:37 PM
check with your local Legion or VFW posts, there should be a brother who could bring some wrenches over and help out.
sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
Oct 13, 2013, 06:20 AM
being a viet nam era vet....if i lived close i would be there...but..i'm in mississippi
Oct 13, 2013, 12:26 PM
Apparently my message offended someone so it hasn't been posted, but it did contain a lot of links for help.
Another that you might consider is contacting the Purple Heart Homes, Aging in Place Program: