Program helps North Platte man stay out of nursing home

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A North Platte man faced a lot of uncertainty after his visit to the hospital but thanks to a local program, he was able to find his footing.

Don Wiezorek has lived in his home for over ten years but when he had to go to the hospital due to severe health problems, he was faced with the possibility of never going back.

Don was barley able to walk after his stay in the hospital and needed a walker to move. Another problem was that his home was not handicap accessible.

That's when he heard about the Lincoln County Community Development Cooperation's Owner Occupied Rehab Program. He met the criteria and applied and was able to get the changes needed to his home at no cost to him.

"If you need the help, do it. It betters your life. It makes everything a lot easier. It got me back on track. I don't know where I'd be if I didn't do it," said Wiezorek.

The program offers up to $25,000 to fix up a home. To qualify, home owners must be at or below 80 percent of area median income for Lincoln County, Nebraska. That means a household of one person needs to have an income lower than $33,000.