WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – A 110-year-old home in Waterloo is getting a new lease on life with a joint effort by the Church Row Neighborhood Association and the Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs office.
Countless hours of volunteer work have poured into a house at 1417 West 4th Street. While there is still work to be done, it will soon be on the market.
What makes the house unique is that it’s only being sold to a veteran.
“The community stepped up with so many donations, not just with supplies but with services as well,” said Ed Dams of the Church Row Neighborhood Association.
While the neighborhood association owns the home, the Veterans Affairs office got involved under the agreement the home would be sold to a veteran and his/her family.
Kevin Dill, former Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs director, said projects like this one make transitioning from the service life easier.
“A veteran coming back from deployment can take 11 years to adapt back into civilian life. What might help lower that number of years, is having a place to call home,” Dill said.
A lot of work has gone into the house. Volunteers officially logged 1,700 hours of time, while countless more weren’t documented.
They’ve refinished much of the original word work and installed a new kitchen.
“Without the community’s help, it would not have been realistic to do the project. It’s not only brought it down to be affordable, it’s brought it down to be realistic, then affordable,” Dams said.
The three bedroom home is being offered to a veterans on active duty or honorably discharged who qualifies for a conventional bank mortgage. Down payment assistance and low-interest financing is available for veterans.
Interested veteran families can arrange a showing and get more information by calling the numbers listed below: