Jamie Lewis has been coming to Cape Cod since she was a small child. Idyllic summers spent in Wellfleet made their mark, and she decided early on this is where she wanted to call home. After many years in and out of the area, Jamie settled in Wellfleet full time in 2008. With her two young children, she moved into the home her parents had purchased in 1979 in Harborside Village. Jamie calls the neighborhood the “best kept secret. It’s really a community within a community. It’s safe and in a great location—ideal for raising my kids,” she said. But some work needed to be done on the 36-year-old mobile home.
Some upgrades had been made when they first moved in, but Jamie soon realized it would need more. “The place was starting to fall in around us,” she said. Enter the Housing Rehabilitation Program. “The program gave us the opportunity to make critical repairs that were unattainable financially,” Jamie said. The roof was insulated and rubberized. Insulation was added around the house and vinyl siding installed. They were using a Rinnai propane heater for heat, but it didn’t reach the entire home, specifically the kids’ bedrooms. Electric blowers were installed to resolve this. Hard-wired smoke detectors and a vent in the bathroom rounded out the work completed by Rehab Program contractor Rob Warren of Northside Home Improvement. “Rob was phenomenal to work with,” Jamie said. "He was considerate, kind, conscientious and accommodating.”
When reflecting on the effects of the work completed through the program, Jamie said, “The house is warmer. And I have peace of mind—I now feel longevity there. I am grateful for the opportunity to take part in this program because it has allowed us to stay here.”