Provide help to elderly

Sometimes in life, problems arise that are not anyone’s fault. It is simply a matter of not anticipating the issue.

This seems to be the case that confronted Nashua homeowner Evelyn Berry. In the dead of winter last year, the 86-year-old Berry saw a hot water pipe break inside her mobile home.

In need of a repair but lacking the funds to pay for it, Berry contacted the Nashua Urban Programs Department to see if the city could help. City officials agreed to pay for the repair, but did so only after Berry signed a promissory note stating there would be a $1,100 lien placed on her home.

“The loan doesn’t have to be repaid until the owner sells the property or transfers ownership; no monthly payment is required,” the document states.

Still, Berry is disheartened by knowing that she owes the city $1,100.

“It was very devastating,” Berry told our reporter regarding her feelings on the lien.

We find Berry’s situation unfortunate. The affluence of some in Southern New Hampshire aside, a city of nearly 90,000 people should provide some sort of program in place to address situations such as Berry’s.

Each year, Nashua receives about $1 million worth of federal Community Development Block Grant money. We hope city leaders will consider using funding sources such as this to ensure that individuals such as Berry do not have to agree to liens against their homes for relatively small repairs.