|Apr 01, 2014 --
After Beverly Lawyer’s husband passed away, she faced many difficult decisions, including where she would live on a reduced income. When her husband was alive, the couple were snowbirds. They took their RV to a warm locale during the winter and then lived in their three-season cabin in Breezy Point, Minnesota, the rest of the year.
But everything changed when her husband passed away in 2011. Beverly—now in her 80’s—could not handle RV living alone. Unfortunately, the Breezy Point cabin she loved so much was not safe for year-round living, and she was unable to turn the dwelling into a permanent home on her own.
“With little retirement money remaining and getting by with only one Social Security check, it was a stressful, terrifying time for me,” Beverly said.
Luckily for her, a friend knew something about local home repair programs for seniors, and she quickly found her way to USDA Rural Development.
One phone call and an application later, a Rural Development specialist visited the home to see what needed to be done. The cabin needed a new roof that met local building codes, a new furnace, and work to submerge the well pipe ten feet into the ground so it would not freeze in the winter. USDA assistance allowed her to make the necessary repairs and adjustments so she could live in the home year-round.
Today, Beverly is grateful and happy to have a safe, warm primary dwelling. “Thank you is not enough to express my appreciation and gratefulness to the USDA and the area specialist for their concern and caring to solve my personal housing issue,” said Beverly. “My story is nothing less than a beautiful miracle!”