Hudson Heritage Association will host Jessica Ugarte March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Barlow Community Center, S Oviatt St. She will be sharing information about the Heritage Home Program, sponsored by the Cleveland Restoration Society.
For the past 20 years, the Heritage Home ProgramSM (HHP) has helped owners of older homes in Northeast Ohio preserve their properties in harmony with the goals of historic preservation. This year, Hudson Heritage Association and the City of Hudson have partnered with Cleveland Restoration Society to make the Heritage Home Program available to Hudson residents.
The program offers homeowners free advice on the variety of maintenance and repair issues that are unique to older homes (at least 50 years old). According to HHP, the free technical assistance component of the program ensures that homeowners will not have to guess as to what work the home needs or how it really should be done. The HHP construction manager or other preservation staff can answer specific questions on topics such as routine maintenance, energy efficiency, upgrading older systems, or even provide best-practice suggestions for repair or restoration of original features.
In addition to this free technical assistance, the HHP's fixed-rate, low-interest loan program offers qualified borrowers an additional incentive to invest in the long-term stability and enhancement of their property. Currently as low as two percent, the HHP loan can be used for almost any sort of home projects including roof replacement, painting, kitchen updates and bath remodeling, HVAC systems repairs, code compliance work and energy efficiency upgrades. Notes Kelly Berger, president, Hudson Heritage Association, "The Heritage Home Program provides the owners of older homes in Hudson with the technical know-how and financing, if needed, to make sure our older neighborhoods remain vibrant and vital parts of the community."
As Program Assistant for the Heritage Home Program, Jessica Ugarte will provide technical preservation assistance to homeowners and offer guidance and support to current and prospective loan clients. She also coordinates outreach and development for the organization's western operating area, and assists the Preservation Services department with special projects and workshops. Jessica holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Historic Preservation. The Hudson Heritage Association meeting is free and open to the public. It will conclude with refreshments. For more information, call 330-342-7996.